Feb 10, 2010

State of Michigan to Offer Comprehensive College and Career Planning Services On-Line to all Michigan Families

The State of Michigan Today Announced a Partnership with ConnectEDU to Provide Industry-Leading Solutions to Support Student Participation and Improve Success Rates of Finding, Pursuing and Obtaining a Higher Education Degree and Career Path

(Lansing, MI) February 10, 2010 – The Michigan Department of Treasury, in partnership with the Michigan College Access Network, today announced the start of the Michigan College Access Portal (MiCAP). The portal is a statewide initiative which will provide free support for all students and families in Michigan to simplify the process of transitioning from high school to college and career. The State has worked to identify the best possible services available to families nationwide and to bring those cutting edge solutions to every student and every family in Michigan. Upon completion of the project, students, parents, counselors and adult learners will have easy-to-use web-based, personalized tools to insure that each step in the process of choosing and applying to college is completed successfully. In addition, Michigan students will be able to garner critical information regarding career choices and will be able to map a plan of action to achieve their aspirations. The tools that will be available will assist in the following critical action areas: proper high school course selection, financial planning and literacy, securing financial aid, grants and scholarships, college applications, and career assessment and planning.

At the unveiling of the plans to create the Michigan College Access Network in April 2009, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm stated “The future will be here tomorrow – that’s why all Michigan students must start planning today for the education and careers they will pursue after high school.” The Michigan College Access Network exists to dramatically increase Michigan’s college participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income and first-generation students.

“We are pleased to partner with the State of Michigan,” said Craig Powell, CEO, ConnectEDU. “We are excited by the governor’s leadership and vision and are confident that with her support and the State’s commitment, we are on the way to creating a new model for education and career planning, recruitment, transition and re-training. The new college and career planning portal is a natural extension of the hard work we have been doing to empower students, high schools and colleges in the State of Michigan over the past several years.”

For more information on ConnectEDU, 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.

ConnectEDU’s Michigan network currently includes nearly 250 Michigan high schools that utilize the Company’s innovative technology to manage the college and career planning process as well as 23 Michigan colleges that have partnered with ConnectEDU to more effectively and efficiently connect with students as well as streamline the application process.


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