SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspired by its mission to increase completion rates among the United States' 12 million community college students, GradGears released GradGuru today for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch devices today. GradGuru is a free mobile application that guides and motivates community college students to take actions and engage in behaviors that have been proven to lead to higher and faster completion rates.
GradGuru for iPhone and iPod Touch helps students keep track of campus-specific deadlines; better understand the milestones they need to hit; learn what behaviors lead to academic success; tap existing student support and financial aid resources; and share these lessons with one another.
According to the American Association of Colleges and Universities, less than half of the 12 million students enrolled in a community college earn an A.A. degree or transfer to a four-year college within six years. Those who complete at least an A.A. degree earn more than $500,000 more over their lifetimes; those who don't are more likely to be relegated to a life of poverty.
"Students are busy with work and family. And navigating community college is complicated, especially for the 40% of students who are the first in their families to go to college. Seeing an advisor or counselor is increasingly difficult as enrollments grow and resources fall. GradGuru will fill a big part of the information gap, making it easier for students to keep track of deadlines, learn tips and tricks to stay in school, and finish faster," said Catalina Ruiz-Healy, Founder of GradGears.
GradGuru is available on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gradguru-your-community-college/id552582336?mt=8&ls=1 . "Thanks to GradGuru, I have a better understanding of what to expect from college, how to ask for help, and most importantly, a lot more confidence that I CAN make it through," said City College of SF student Veronica Garcia.
GradGears is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, CA. Our mission is to increase and accelerate community college student success. GradGuru is being piloted on ten campuses in the Bay Area. Students everywhere are able to receive GradGuru's tips and tricks.
For more information, visit http://gradguru.org
Contact: Catalina Ruiz-Healy
Phone: (415) 310-9172
Email: [email protected]