CastleBranch Teams with OOHLALA Inc. to Unveil Exclusive Mobile Student Engagement Platform for Healthcare Professionals

A Select Few College and University Programs Across the Nation Will Be Invited to Participate in an Unprecedented Pilot Program for Students of Healthcare Professions

Jul 09, 2015, 13:20 ET from CastleBranch

WILMINGTON, N.C., July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CastleBranch, parent company of CertifiedBackground, today announced that it has officially partnered with OOHLALA in the development of a new mobile Student Engagement Platform for those seeking a career in the healthcare professions.

The innovative new mobile platform will be offered free of charge to a number of select college and university programs via an exclusive pilot program beginning this summer.

During the pilot program, OOHLALA will develop a unique app for each participating school that will offer robust features such as real-time communication channels for community and peer engagement; program-specific virtual campus tour and GPS; a suite of interactive study tools to support academic success; club and organization event calendar; resources and important links (e.g., medical dictionary, drug guide); important dates and alerts; and online administrator access to app data, usage and analytics.

According to Brett Martin, CEO and Founder of CastleBranch, evolving to a mobile platform reduces complexity, provides personalized content and integrates the company's services into a single, coherent user experience with just-in-time information, any-time communication and full-time support.

"From our experience working with more than 11,000 college and university programs, we understand the importance of students engaging successfully with their program, school and campus life," said Martin. "This special pilot program starts the conversation—enabling us to deliver the technology that school administrators and their students so deeply desire."

CastleBranch's new edTech accelerator, tekMountain, played a pivotal role in sourcing, evaluating and fast-tracking this product though the partnership development phase and into the pilot program launched today.

"We're putting our new mobile technology directly in the hands of students to help build their confidence and sense of belonging," said Danial Jameel, CEO and co-founder of OOHLALA. "The sleek design of the new platform puts content first to ensure students have access to all the critical resources at their fingertips—enabling them to enjoy a rewarding, exceptionally intuitive mobile experience."

According to Jameel, the new mobile platform provides a highly secure, Amazon cloud computing infrastructure, 508 compliance and support for a range of devices. Each custom app will be built and delivered to the participating school within a four-week timeframe.

About CastleBranch:

One of the top 10 background screening and compliance tracking solutions companies in the nation, CastleBranch provides organizations of all sizes with industry leading employment screening products and services.

CastleBranch is also the largest player in the nursing and allied health sector and the exclusive background screening provider of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, CastleBranch works with more than 25,000 organizations nationwide:

  • More than 2/3 of the nation's colleges and universities rely on CastleBranch's services including more than 9.5K unique programs
  • More than two million students and millions of records reviewed each year
  • More than 10 million documents processed, reviewed, stored or managed annually
  • 100% of records are reviewed in house in Wilmington, NC—no outsourcing of sensitive data

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OOHLALA is the leading mobile platform for student engagement and communication. Used by more than 200 education institutions and 500 departments in six countries, it is the most comprehensive, efficacy-driven platform that helps improve student outcomes.

The team has won several awards including being selected as Forbes 30 under 30 2015 for their work in innovating post secondary education.

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