May 26, 2011

ConnectEDU’s Connect! College Suite Named “Best Postsecondary Enterprise Solution” in the Software & Information Industry Association's 26th Annual CODiE Awards

ConnectEDU Recognized as Providing Top Web-Based Product in the Education Industry

(Boston, MA) May 26, 2011 – ConnectEDU, the web-based leader in empowering learners to manage their education, launch their careers and secure a more stable financial future, is proud to announce that the company’s Connect! College Suite™ has won the prestigious CODiE™ Award for “Best Postsecondary Enterprise Solution”. The CODiE Awards represent the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program, established by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) to recognize excellence and achievement in the business software, digital content, and education technology industries.

ConnectEDU’s Connect! College Suite provides post-secondary institutions with a comprehensive approach for coordinating, guiding, managing, tracking and reporting throughout a learner’s college, career and financial planning pathway – The Learner Pathway. By creating a means for institutions to track and engage with students from the first point of contact through soliciting, advising, monitoring and guiding throughout their campus experience, the Connect! College Suite is the comprehensive “cradle to grave” solution for institutions dedicated to student success.

In the past year, ConnectEDU has seen rapid growth with post-secondary institutions adopting the Connect! College Suite, K12 schools adopting the Connect! High School Suite™, and employers engaging with learners throughout their education, career and financial planning. ConnectEDU recently inked deals with Miami-Dade School District and Miami area post-secondary institutions as well as the States of Massachusetts, Michigan, Hawaii and Texas. In the past year, ConnectEDU’s network (“The Connect! Community”) has grown to include over five million learners and over 3,000 K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions and employers.

“We are thrilled to be named as a CODiE Award winner and humbled to be recognized amongst such a distinguished group of companies. We believe that this recognition authenticates the value and importance of providing products, services and solutions focused on success throughout a learner’s education, career and financial planning process,” said Craig Powell, CEO and Founder of ConnectEDU. “Gone are the days when the end game was merely getting a student into college. Today, learners, parents, regulators, providers and the general public have recognized that our country has been failing in epidemic proportions with respect to insuring that our learners successfully complete high school, enroll in post-secondary, graduate, find jobs and in so doing create a more stable financial future for themselves. It is an honor for the Connect! College Suite and our vision for comprehensive Learner Pathways to be recognized by our SIIA peers.”

"Now in its 26th year, the CODiE Awards continue to recognize those companies providing the best new technology products and services across a broad array of industries," noted SIIA President Ken Wasch. "In addition, its winners are a prolific testament to the power of technology to deliver innovative solutions to businesses and consumers. SIIA warmly congratulates all of the winners and nominees of the CODiE Awards, whose innovation is essential for continuing America's leadership in the global knowledge economy," Wasch continued.



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.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to 500 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit www.siia.net.

About ConnectEDU, Inc.
ConnectEDU, Inc. is the web-based leader in empowering learners to manage their education, launch their careers and secure a more stable financial future. 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 learners 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 learner, from every neighborhood across the country, the best opportunity to achieve their dream of a college education and promising career. To learn more, visit www.connectedu.com.

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., (www.connectedu.com), 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.: (www.connectedu.com)
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.