May 3, 2011

ConnectEDU Selected by State of Hawaii to Deploy a Customized College and Career Access Portal

State Will Launch a Comprehensive, Data-Driven Solution Designed to Streamline College and Career Transitions

(HONOLULU, HI) May 3, 2011 – The Hawaii Workforce Development Council, the Hawaii Department of Education and the University of Hawaii System today announce a partnership with ConnectEDU, Inc., (, the leader in developing web-based college and career access solutions. ConnectEDU will collaborate with the State of Hawaii to develop the first statewide college- and career-planning web portal that utilizes student academic performance data. Portal users will gain access to innovative tools that support student performance and make the college application process more efficient, such as longitudinal data reporting and analytics, as well as an electronic student transcript and application exchange system.

The objective of the web portal is to positively impact educational outcomes by using real-time student data to drive comprehensive college, financial aid and career planning for students, parents and counselors. Additionally, the web portal will support Hawaii’s efforts to build a data bridge between K-12 education, higher education and employers by facilitating electronic transcript and application exchanges.

“This new platform means that Hawaii students, not to mention their counselors and families, will have access to a personalized online tool which will help them manage the complex college selection and application process, including financial aid and scholarships,” said James Hardway, Executive Director, Hawaii Workforce Development Council.
Craig Powell, CEO and Founder of ConnectEDU, remarked, “ConnectEDU will provide ongoing support and training to Hawaii’s students, high schools, colleges and employers on how to use the new platform. We are putting the appropriate tools and knowledge in the hands of the students and those who support them.”

Hawaii is the fourth state that ConnectEDU has partnered with to launch a statewide college and career access portal. ConnectEDU is excited to launch the Hawaii portal in tandem with the 2012 Hawaii school year.

About ConnectEDU, Inc.: (
ConnectEDU, Inc. is the web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education. The company is devoted to helping students find and enroll in the right college, get a degree, and launch their careers. 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. ConnectEDU makes the college admissions process simpler, more efficient, more reliable and more effective. This 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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