Monday, October 26, 2009

More Access for More Students—Practicing What We Preach

October 26, 2009 - For those of you who are regular readers of my blog I hope it has become clear that ConnectEDU’s societal mission is to give EVERY student access to – regardless of means – the best opportunity for the best education and career choice possible. Our company and its services were created by and for students, their families and those who serve them. We know how difficult and complex the college and career search process can be. And we know how hard it is to effectively and efficiently navigate that system – whether you’re a teenage student or their parent or their high school counselor. That is why we measure everything we do and every dollar we invest, by one simple question – “how does this help the student?”

This week, we will be melding that philosophy of helping students, their families, and their high school guidance counselors with our proven information technology expertise and first-of-its-kind application management solution, SuperAPP, in order to provide an opportunity for more than 5,000 Detroit Public School students to receive side-by-side assistance with applications and the college process.

As I have also made clear in the past, we are open to working with any organization, institution or application provider so long as the focus is on providing more access to more students, reducing costs and driving efficiency. We will practice what we preach this week when we partner with the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and many of the leading universities and colleges within the state of Michigan including Michigan State University, Wayne County Community College, Marygrove College, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Saginaw Valley State University, Western Michigan University and Wayne State University. Collectively, ConnectEDU, DPS and these participating colleges from across Michigan will be on-site at 27 Detroit Public high schools, offering resources and advise to students to help them complete their college applications. All high school seniors will participate in the application workshops, utilizing ConnectEDU’s SuperAPP tool which allows students to complete multiple applications at once and submit them online. The goal is to introduce as many students as possible to the college admissions process and help guide them down the educational path that makes the most sense for them.

As we all know, Detroit has been hit hard by the current economic recession and this has, in turn, had a significant impact within the Detroit Public Schools as it relates to budget cuts affecting staffing and resources. We feel that “College Application Week in Detroit Public Schools” is an opportunity to work in conjunction with others that believe, like us, that success in getting to college shouldn’t be determined by where you live, how much money your family has, or how fancy your school is.

We are looking forward to a great week in Detroit and to making an impact in student’s lives and providing some positive momentum for a city and for students who deserve it. Stay tuned for my next post which will provide an update on the the 3 day event.

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