Friday, April 24, 2009

Lucky Seven

April 24, 2009- Seven years, wow! What is seven years? I guess it can be how long it takes to earn a 4-year degree. It is the amount of time it took King Solomon to build his first “wonder of the world” temple. It’s the amount of time a couple has to live together to be considered common law. It can be how long it takes to renew bad credit. It’s about the amount of time that it took my nephew to learn how to crawl, walk, speak, ride a bike, play soccer, read, write, win his first wrestling match and terrorize his older sisters among other things.

Here at ConnectEDU, seven years is how long it has taken to build the largest college and career network in the nation. April 24, is our birthday; the day in 2002 when we began a journey to improve how young people transition into college and careers. Each birthday, we celebrate milestones, but no year has been more significant than the past 12 months.

Since April 24, 2008:

  • Our high school network has grown 230%

  • Our college network has grown 182%

  • Our total weekly visits by users has increased by 331%

  • Our average number of unique visitors per day has increased by 567%

We’re not the only ones keeping track, either. This year, as a first time nomination, we have been selected as a 2009 CODiE finalist by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) for two awards including Best Education Solution. Hard to believe that just three birthdays ago, we were signing up our first high schools and colleges.

With seven being lucky, I suspect that we’ll have some luck in the year ahead as well. As we celebrate turning 7, it’s worth reflecting on the things that we’ve accomplished when many told us it couldn’t be done. Congrats to the team!

As we turn 7 I’m reminded of Thomas Jefferson who said, “I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” As long as we’re lucky enough to continue our work with progressive, forward-thinking partners, we’ll continue to make a difference in the lives of young people.

Happy Birthday, ConnectEDU.

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