Feb 25, 2010

ConnectEDU Selected as CODiE Award Finalist

Connect’s Technology Chosen as Top Product by the Software & Information Industry for the 2nd Consecutive Year

(Boston, MA) February 25, 2010 – ConnectEDU, the web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education and launch their career, is pleased to announce that Connect! has been named as a finalist for the 2nd straight year in the CODiE Awards program. Presented by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), these prestigious industry awards are designed to showcase the software and information industry’s finest products and services. This year, Connect! is a finalist in the BEST K-12 ENTERPRISE SOLUTION category.

“This is the twenty‐fifth year we have recognized excellence in the software, education and information industries through the CODiE Awards program,” noted Ken Wasch, President of SIIA. “In this economic climate, companies are doing even more to innovate. ConnectEDU has demonstrated a commitment to innovation and quality that is reflected in their selection as a finalist for the CODiE Awards. I am pleased and proud to have them listed among the candidates, and I wish them the best in the final round of voting.”

“We are excited to once again be recognized by SIIA and our peers as a CODiE finalist,” said Craig Powell, ConnectEDU President and CEO. “Never before has the education industry had such a high demand for accessible technology that utilizes and integrates data to drive decision-making and early intervention initiatives. This recognition affirms the daily focus we place on our mission of creating data-driven solutions that bridge the transitions between high school, college, and career, by making certain that students take the necessary steps at the right time to reach their goals.”

The 25th Annual CODiE Awards Gala will be held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA on May 25, 2010. The formal black-tie gala kicks off with a reception and is followed by dinner and the awards presentation ceremony.

For more information about Connect!, visit www.connectedu.net or call 617-532-3000. Click here to view the list of all Finalists.

About The CODiE Awards
The CODiE Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), so that pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work. Since then, the CODiE Awards program has carried out the same purpose – to showcase the software and information industry’s finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement and philanthropic efforts.

The CODiE Awards hold the distinction of being the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program, which provides member companies with a unique opportunity to earn praise from their competitors. Now in its twenty-fourth year, the CODiE Awards program has raised the standard for excellence and serves as prestigious representation of outstanding achievement and vision in the software and information industry.

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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Feb 19, 2010

Bryan Gleason joins ConnectEDU as Chief Financial Officer

(Boston, MA) – February 19, 2010 - ConnectEDU, (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 pleased to announce the addition of Bryan Gleason as Chief Financial Officer. Bryan brings over 25 years of financial and operational experience in high growth companies within the IT, web-based services and software industries to the ConnectEDU senior management team.

Prior to joining ConnectEDU, Bryan held several senior management roles at Evare, LLC, serving as CFO, COO, and ultimately CEO. He was responsible for the financial management, strategic analysis, operations, negotiations, and administration for the organization from pre-revenue through acquisition. As CEO, he facilitated the acquisition of Evare, LLC by SSC Technologies, a global provider of financial services, software, and outsourcing solutions.

“ConnectEDU is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the enormous market opportunity to better serve college bound students during the college and career planning process,” said Gleason. “I look forward to joining ConnectEDU’s senior leadership team and contributing to the future growth and success of the Company.”

Prior to Evare, Gleason was CFO of AOI International, a high tech manufacturer of automated optical inspection systems for the PCB industry. In addition, Gleason was CFO and Treasurer for Network Six, a publicly-held company specializing in systems integration and custom software development for systems used by state governments.

“Bryan is an accomplished executive who brings a wealth of highly relevant experience and a strong track record in data integration and SaaS oriented companies to this role," said Craig Powell, Chief Executive Officer, ConnectEDU. “We are delighted to have Bryan join our senior leadership team and are confident he will make an immediate impact.”

Gleason holds an MBA from Babson College and a Bachelors degree from Northeastern University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


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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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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