Sep 29, 2009

ConnectEDU Announces 2009 Award for Excellence Winners

Top Colleges and High Schools including Baltimore City Public Schools and Yale University Recently Recognized at the Annual NACAC Conference

(Boston, MA) September 29, 2009 – ConnectEDU, Inc., (www.connectedu.net) the Web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education and launch their career today announced the winners of the 2009 ConnectEDU Award for Excellence. The award recipients were recognized at the 2009 Annual NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) Conference which was held in Baltimore, Maryland, from September 24 – 26.

Winners were selected for this distinguished award based upon their progressive use of ConnectEDU’s technology and their leadership in education as they provide their students and families with the necessary tools and resources to make informed decisions about their college and career plans.

“Our impressive group of winners exemplifies our ongoing mission at ConnectEDU – giving every student access to the best opportunity to maximize their education and career choices,” said ConnectEDU President and Chief Executive Officer, Craig Powell. “The key, which this group of educational leaders clearly excels at, is keeping the needs of the student at the center of the focus – these education leaders understand that the student must remain at the center of the college and career planning process for anyone involved in the process to be successful.”

The top colleges and high schools in the ConnectEDU National Network™ were chosen from among a growing network of over 2,200 high schools and over 325 colleges nationwide.

The Winners of the 2009 ConnectEDU Award for Excellence:

Colleges
Yale University
Niagara University
Northern Michigan University
University of St. Francis

High Schools
Baltimore City Public Schools – Baltimore, MD
Cleveland Public Schools – Cleveland, OH
CollegeBound Foundation – Baltimore, MD
Connections Leadership Academy – Baltimore, MD
Digital Harbor High School – Baltimore, MD
Fenwick High School – Oak Park, IL
Hastings High School – Hastings, MI
Hudson High School – Hudson, OH
Mergenthaler Vocational Technical Senior High School – Baltimore, MD
Oakwood High School – Dayton, OH
Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts – Baltimore, MD
Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School – Livingston, NJ
St. Petersburg Collegiate High School – St. Petersburg, FL
Sparrows Point High School – Baltimore, MD
Tarbut V’Torah High School – Irvine, CA
Westerville North High School – Westerville, OH

For more information on ConnectEDU or the 2009 Award for Excellence, call 888-887-8380 or visit www.connectedu.net.


About ConnectEDU, Inc.

ConnectEDU is devoted to helping students find and enroll in the right college, get a degree, and launch their career. Created, developed and run by people who have worked in every area of college counseling, admissions, and career development, ConnectEDU uses information technology to connect real students and real data with real colleges, and real career opportunities. We make the college admissions process simpler, more efficient, more reliable and more effective. ConnectEDU’s approach gives every student, from every neighborhood across the country, the best opportunity to achieve their dream of a college education and promising career.

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Sep 23, 2009

ConnectEDU Continues Delivering on Strategic Growth Plan with Acquisition of CollegeZapps

Latest Initiative to Enable Students to Send, Manage and Track All Admission Documents Electronically From Industry’s First and Only Complete, Paperless Application Package


(Baltimore, MD) September 24, 2009 –
ConnectEDU, (www.connectedu.net) the Web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education and launch their career, today announced from the National Association for College Admission Counseling Conference (NACAC) that it has acquired CollegeZapps, a leader in college application processing. This latest strategic initiative builds on the company’s acquisition of PrepHQ in July 2008 and combines ConnectEDU’s expertise in electronic document exchange of transcripts and letters of recommendation with CollegeZapps’ electronic application processing capabilities to further enhance SuperAPP™ and establish the industry’s first and only complete, paperless application package for students, parents, high schools and colleges. ConnectEDU will be showcasing the SuperAPP solution in Booth #925.

SuperAPP is ConnectEDU’s comprehensive college application solution that facilitates the organization and transmission of all college application materials, including official transcripts, letters of recommendation, college essays, high school profiles and the application from one, secure location. It streamlines the application process for students, high school counselors and college admission officers by providing students with a single interview to easily complete over 1,100 custom college applications, delivering a full electronic student application to colleges in a single integrated data feed, and providing high school counselors with a single location to track, monitor and ensure the submission and receipt of all application materials.

“As the need to improve access to higher education continues to escalate, we are continuing with our efforts to ensure college admissions is simplified for all students by providing them with the most reliable, accurate, and comprehensive way to achieve a successful education and career,” said Craig Powell, President and CEO, ConnectEDU. “Our acquisition of CollegeZapps and the enhancement it enables for our SuperAPP solution was a natural next step to ensure long term success and benefits for students, parents, guidance counselors and colleges. We look forward to continuing our goal to further streamline the application process and placing the focus on eliminating hurdles for students while opening up the doors to their future.”

The integration of CollegeZapps into SuperAPP creates an improved SuperAPP solution, reducing redundancy, saving time and money for everyone involved. SuperAPP provides a single platform from which students can submit, view and edit their applications to over 1,100 colleges as well as track their progress. Additionally, counselors and colleges are able to verify the receipt of all application documents through one, secure location.

“As a school counselor, gaining visibility into a student’s application process has always been a difficult, if not impossible, task,” said Dean Richburg, Educational Specialist for College Readiness and Access, Baltimore City Public Schools. “SuperAPP solves that critical pain point for counselors, empowering them with a comprehensive tool that allows all application materials to be tracked and managed from one secure dashboard.”

"CollegeZapps has long been focused on minimizing the inefficiencies in the college application process. Today, we are pleased to divest this asset to an organization that shares our same objectives,” said David Kenney, CEO, CollegeZapps. “The current college application and admissions system is far too cumbersome. By integrating our solution into SuperAPP, we now have a best-of-breed solution that meets everyone’s needs- students, parents, counselors and colleges."

For more information on ConnectEDU, SuperAPP or the acquisition of CollegeZapps, visit www.connectedu.net or call 617-532-3000.


About CollegeZapps

CollegeZapps is dedicated to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness — and reducing the confusion — of the college application process through the use of leading-edge technology. Our proprietary tool eliminates the redundancy of filling out multiple applications, allowing students to focus on more important elements. We make updates each academic year to ensure we’re keeping pace as each school adapts its application process.


About ConnectEDU, Inc.

ConnectEDU is devoted to helping students find and enroll in the right college, get a degree, and launch their career. Created, developed and run by people who have worked in every area of college counseling, admissions, and career development, ConnectEDU uses information technology to connect real students and real data with real colleges, and real career opportunities. We make the college admissions process simpler, more efficient, more reliable and more effective. ConnectEDU’s approach gives every student, from every neighborhood across the country, the best opportunity to achieve their dream of a college education and promising career.


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Sep 22, 2009

ConnectEDU Partners With Kaplan to Offer Best in Class College Planning Tools

Provides Test Prep Programs for High-Stakes Exams From Global Educational Services Provider to the ConnectEDU National Network™; Expands ConnectEDU’s “One-Stop” College Planning Platform for Students, Counselors, and Parents

(Boston, MA) September 22, 2009 – ConnectEDU (www.connectedu.net) the Web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education and launch their career, today announced it will be partnering with global test prep leader Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions (www.kaptest.com) to make Kaplan’s industry-leading test preparation offerings for SAT®, ACT®, PSAT® and AP® courses available to students whose schools are in the ConnectEDU National Network through its new ‘Standardized Test and Course Preparation Module’.

“Our partnering with Kaplan marks another step in ConnectEDU’s effort to provide our 2 million students and more than 2,000 high schools with affordable, best in class solutions designed to maximize their education and career potential,” said Craig Powell, President and CEO, ConnectEDU. “As high school students return to their classrooms nationwide, we look forward to offering them, their counselors and parents, informed test preparation recommendations and solutions.”

ConnectEDU’s Standardized Test and Course Preparation Module features new interactive tools, videos, learning games, practice tests, and articles designed to help students understand and plan for the standardized tests required for college admission. Of particular interest is the module’s ability to provide test preparation recommendations to students based on their stated collegiate goals and standardized test performance in comparison to their applicant pool. In addition, counselors and parents can track their student’s preparation, performance and recommendations.

"Kaplan and ConnectEDU share a common goal of empowering students to achieve both their educational and career goals,” said Brad Sockloff, Vice President, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. “ConnectEDU is a leader in providing solutions to high schools to help students manage the college admissions process. Teaming up allows us to provide Kaplan’s industry leading test preparation services to the nation’s largest “going-to-college” Purpose Network™, creating access and opportunities for a broader population of students and their families.”

The ConnectEDU National Network currently represents 20% of the college-bound student population in 48 of the 50 states. For more information on ConnectEDU or Kaplan’s offerings, visit www.connectedu.net or call 617-532-3000.


About Kaplan
Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions (www.kaptest.com) is a division of Kaplan, Inc. (www.kaplan.com) a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids and schools. Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO - News) and its largest and fastest-growing division.


About ConnectEDU, Inc.
ConnectEDU is devoted to helping students find and enroll in the right college, get a degree, and launch their career. Created, developed and run by people who have worked in every area of college counseling, admissions, and career development, ConnectEDU uses information technology to connect real students and real data with real colleges, and real career opportunities. We make the college admissions process simpler, more efficient, more reliable and more effective. ConnectEDU’s approach gives every student, from every neighborhood across the country, the best opportunity to achieve their dream of a college education and promising career.


*SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc.

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