Hoke County (NC) High School's Future Business Leaders of America Chapter Wins $10,000 from ConnectEDU

Students Sign up For "Connect!" Platform and Receive College Planning Assistance

Mar 21, 2011, 09:23 ET from ConnectEDU

BOSTON, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of students across the country have already taken advantage of the web-based technologies ConnectEDU has implemented to help them successfully graduate from high school and create college and/or career plans.  To help even more students utilize its "Connect!" platform and get a head start on their future, ConnectEDU teamed with the national office of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) to organize a competition that would reward the chapter that could sign up the most students to utilize Connect!.  Today, ConnectEDU and FBLA are proud to announce that the Hoke County (NC) High School chapter is the national winner and will receive a check for $10,000. The competition, which ran from February 1 until March 15, was open to all FBLA high school chapters coast to coast.    

By signing up for the Connect! Platform, FBLA members across the country, and their classmates, have increased their exposure to ConnectEDU's college partners who are recruiting business students and/or targeting students that have exhibited leadership skills.  In addition, all students that take advantage of ConnectEDU's offerings are able to be considered for employment as part of the company's "Entrepreneurship Program," a two-year, paid internship through which students gain valuable work experience and develop their business skills by rotating through various business units of the company.

"We know that by members of Future Business Leaders of America encouraging their peers to utilize our Connect! Platform, all of the students in their high schools that get involved will be even better prepared to manage their education, facilitate their college application submissions, and launch their careers," said Craig Powell, CEO of ConnectEDU.  "ConnectEDU's mission is to give every student from every neighborhood across the country, the best opportunity to achieve the dream of a college education and a promising career, and this contest helped bring that goal closer to fruition."

"FBLA is comprised of over 250,000 students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.  This unique partnership with ConnectEDU provided thousands of our members and their peers with a new resource as they take the next step in their education and careers," said Jean Buckley, President and CEO of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda.  "The chapter in Hoke County, NC showed tremendous drive and ambition by signing up the most students and we are thankful to ConnectEDU for donating $10,000 to this impressive group of student leaders."

"Everyone at Hoke County High School, from the FLBA members and their fellow students, to the faculty and administration, is thrilled to win the $10,000 from ConnectEDU and this prize could not have come at a better time as our FBLA chapter was in need of funds to continue operating and serving the needs of the students.  In addition we now have the funds we need to attend the upcoming FBLA regional and national conferences," said Anita Grove, FBLA lead adviser at Hoke County High School.  "This tremendous donation will have an immediate impact, but equally as important is knowing that so many students at our school will now be using the Connect! platform, and the amazing SuperAPP tool, to help them apply for college and further their education.  We cannot thank ConnectEDU enough for this reward."

About ConnectEDU, Inc.

ConnectEDU, Inc. is the web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education. The company is devoted to helping students find and enroll in the right college, get a degree, and launch their careers. Created, developed and run by people who have worked in every area of college counseling, admissions, and career development, ConnectEDU uses information technology to connect real students and real data with real colleges, and real career opportunities. We make the college admissions process simpler, more efficient, more reliable and more effective. ConnectEDU's approach gives every student, from every neighborhood across the country, the best opportunity to achieve their dream of a college education and promising career  For more information visit: www.connectedu.com

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) student business organization with more than a quarter million members and advisers in 6,500 active middle schools, high schools, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia outside Washington, DC. For more information visit www.fbla-pbl.org.