Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Shareholders Excited About Accelerated Growth

July 29, 2008- I was thrilled to welcome nearly 60% of our shareholders to the ConnectEDU Annual Shareholder’s Meeting held Thursday, July 24th at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston. Our half-day meeting and discussion focused on a recap of the last 12 months, and provided our shareholders with an overview of the accelerated growth we are experiencing in the following areas:

1) Our Senior Management Team which now includes:

  • Jane Lockett, Senior Vice President of Customer Operations

  • Frank Vastola, Senior Vice President of College Sales

  • Rick Bradanese, Vice President, Finance

  • Gary Southard, Vice President of Technology

  • Katie Drew-Adams, Vice President of Human Resources

  • LeAnn Coe, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

  • Sheri Meyer, Vice President of High School Services

2) The ConnectEDU National Network™ which now includes over 200 colleges and 2,000 high schools – the largest “going-to-college-to-career” network in the country… up from just 55 colleges and 600 high schools a year ago.

3) The ConnectEDU product line which now includes both Connect! and Prep Headquarters - together making up the most comprehensive network in the industry serving high schools, colleges, employers and data partners and offering college, curriculum, financial aid, and career planning tools for students, families and counselors as well as electronic document exchange and targeted enrollment marketing for colleges and universities.

The team received a great deal of positive feedback from our shareholders, a group of folks engaged in our mission and excited by the accelerated growth that we have enjoyed at ConnectEDU over the last twelve months. As I left this year’s meeting, I couldn’t help but be inspired in knowing that our goal to ensure that all families have the resources they need to maximize their post-high school opportunities is shared by an excited and committed group of shareholders. Always fun to watch the progress!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Acquisition Highlights Our Focus on Superior Services

July 18, 2008- As you may have read recently, ConnectEDU has acquired Prep Headquarters, a college planning web service that is deployed in over 700 high schools nationwide. With the acquisition, the ConnectEDU National Network (TM) is now the largest “going-to-college-to-career” network in the nation with over 2,000 high schools. In addition to our deep market penetration in both the Midwest and Northeast, we now welcome high schools throughout the South and West.

We welcome all of our new high schools along with their counselors, students and families to our network and look forward to the opportunity to provide the tools needed to navigate educational and employment transitions.

In addition to the exciting opportunities that this expanding network of high schools brings to our college partners, employers, and new high schools, the acquisition of an industry leader in customer support clearly indicates our focus on the level of service we provide to our users. All members of the Prep Headquarters support team are now part of the ConnectEDU Professional Services Team. We are committed to continuing to provide the highest level of service and support to all our users!

More info on the acquisition and Prep Headquarters

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Keep Movin' The Needle

July 8, 2008- For those of you who have followed our growth at ConnectEDU, you have realized that momentum builds fast around here – real fast. The 2008 fiscal year has been no different. In a short time, the Connect! National Network™ has grown to become the nation’s largest integrated data bridge between secondary and post-secondary educational institutions.

As we wrap up this current admissions cycle, allow me to provide you with an update on the network’s progress over the past year.

From July 07 – June 08, ConnectEDU welcomed over 500 new high schools to the network, including nearly 200 high schools in Q2 alone - an average of over 40 new high schools a month! The growth of the network has included expansion in existing states such as Missouri, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts as well as penetration into new markets such as Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, California, Texas, and South Carolina. In Alabama, we became the largest college planning tool for high schools in just 3 months – adding over 50 high schools in that timeframe.

On the college side, over 160 colleges joined the Connect! National Network during the last year at an average of over 13 new colleges per month. Now, with over 200 colleges and 1,000 high schools nationwide, our network of over 400,000 students, counselors, parents, admissions officers and transfer advisors are actively changing the way college admission is processed in this country.

Congratulations to all involved in movin’ the needle this past fiscal year … we have big expectations as we begin the 2008-2009 admissions cycle.