Mar 31, 2009

Michigan Increases Focus on College Access Through Use of ConnectEDU’s Innovative Technology

40% of College Bound Seniors and 14 out of 15 Public Universities Utilize ConnectEDU web solutions to Streamline College and Career Process, Make More Informed Decisions

(Boston, MA) March 31, 2009 – ConnectEDU, Inc., (www.connectedu.net) the Web-based leader in using data to connect students with colleges and employers through the nation’s largest college and career planning network, is now providing college access to 40% of the college bound seniors in the state of Michigan and is integrated with 14 of the 15 public universities in Michigan. Reaching these key milestones in March 2009, the network in Michigan expanded to include 245 high schools and 22 colleges/universities partnering with ConnectEDU to further bridge the gap between secondary education and higher education. In the last 60 days, ConnectEDU has welcomed four more public universities onto the company’s award winning technology network – Connect! - including Grand Valley State University, Lake Superior State University, Saginaw Valley State University and Western Michigan University.

Reports Kalamazoo Central High School Counselor Joyce Ryskamp, "We finished our first year of college applications working with ConnectEDU, and I must say Connect! was a huge success! Documents were transmitted more quickly and received with more accuracy than in past years. There were far fewer confused parents and students so the peace of mind factor was a big plus.” Kalamazoo Central High School is one of the top performing schools in the network joined by high schools in other districts including Midland, Farmington and Detroit.

Currently, 136,442 students and 701 school counselors in Michigan have been provided with Connect!, resulting in collaboration amongst students, parents and counselors around individual students' college and career plans. In addition to individually helping students map their curriculum to careers, families search for best-fitting colleges, and counselors manage and track the application process, Connect! allows for the delivery of official electronic transcripts from the high school to the college with the push of a button at no cost. This added capability is saving high schools tens of thousands of dollars in traditional processing and delivery costs. With the implementation of this technology in all Michigan high schools, the state could trim its budget by over $11 million.

According to Craig Powell, President & CEO of ConnectEDU, “We couldn’t be more pleased to witness the widespread adoption of ConnectEDU’s solutions in Michigan. With the help of our college partners we are able to bring every Michigan student, regardless of their academic or economic background, the tools, information and resources to more effectively and efficiently plan and make informed decisions regarding their future. During this challenging economic time, we will continue to provide our Michigan partners with the necessary tools to eliminate inefficiencies in the admissions process and ultimately position the state of Michigan to re-invest cost savings back into their students.”

For more information on ConnectEDU and the Michigan network, call 888-887-8688 or visit connectedu.net.

About ConnectEDU, Inc.
ConnectEDU is the nation’s leading technology firm dedicated to providing students, educators and employers with comprehensive solutions to successfully navigate education and employment transitions. ConnectEDU's mission is to democratize access to higher education and career opportunities for all students by empowering them and their advisors with the information, resources and collective bargaining power required to realize successful life transitions.

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Mar 9, 2009

ConnectEDU Partners With QuestBridge

Provides Greater Resource Access for Guidance Counselors and Students within the ConnectEDU National Network™

(Boston, MA) March 9, 2009 – ConnectEDU, Inc., (www.connectedu.net) the Web-based leader in using data to connect students with colleges and employers through the nation’s largest college and career planning network, has partnered with QuestBridge, the Web-based leader in recruiting talented low-income students to top colleges, to bring guidance counselors and students using the ConnectEDU National Network more resources. With more than 2,000 high schools in the network, the over 300 colleges in the network will now be able to build relationships with hard-to-reach students and also inform them of the college assistance opportunities available to them through QuestBridge. QuestBridge partners with 26 top American Universities including Stanford, Yale, Amherst, Columbia, MIT and Princeton.

“Today’s partnership with QuestBridge helps further our goal of filling the ‘opportunity gap’ that currently exists for students pursuing higher education,” said ConnectEDU President and CEO, Craig Powell. “ConnectEDU hopes to reach an even broader base of students and help them succeed in becoming better prepared for college and more aware of all the opportunities available to them.”

QuestBridge and ConnectEDU’s combined offerings will now be available to students within ConnectEDU’s technology solutions, integrating QuestBridge’s National College Match Program and College Prep Scholarship applications with ConnectEDU’s college resource database, and expanding ConnectEDU’s existing user base of more than one million prospective students. This new portfolio of resources will be able to better reach a population of motivated, low-income students to offer both educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges, as well as provide the data and resources needed to make informed college application decisions.

“QuestBridge and ConnectEDU have partnered for a synergistic approach to level the playing field in the area of college access,” said QuestBridge Founder and President, Michael McCullough. “Together, our companies will be able to provide greater access to resources for both guidance counselors and students in the ConnectEDU National Network, most importantly, enhancing access to post secondary education for underserved students. Colleges in both the QuestBridge and ConnectEDU National Networks will now be able to cost-effectively find and build relationships with previously hard to reach talented, low-income students.”

QuestBridge application tools now offered within ConnectEDU’s solutions include the QuestBridge National College Match, which helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation's most selective colleges, and the QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship, which provides awards that equip outstanding low-income high school juniors with the knowledge necessary to compete for admission to top-ranked colleges.

For more information on ConnectEDU or QuestBridge call 888-748-8188 or visit connectedu.net or QuestBridge.org.

About QuestBridge
QuestBridge, an initiative of the Quest Scholars Program, serves as an intermediary between the nation's brightest, under-served youth and leading institutions of higher education. QuestBridge, a national non-profit organization founded in 1994, provides a single, internet-based meeting point which links exceptional students with the colleges, scholarship providers, employers, and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles. By facilitating these exchanges, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented, low-income students attending the nation's best universities, and excelling beyond.

About ConnectEDU, Inc.
ConnectEDU is the nation’s leading technology firm dedicated to providing students, educators and employers with comprehensive solutions to successfully navigate education and employment transitions. ConnectEDU's mission is to democratize access to higher education and career opportunities for all students by empowering them and their advisors with the information, resources and collective bargaining power required to realize successful life transitions.

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