Louisiana Empowers Students to Graduate College-Ready

LouisianaConnect.org launches new feature to increase high school student participation in credit-bearing college courses

Aug 07, 2012, 08:00 ET from ConnectEDU, Inc.

BOSTON, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Last summer, ConnectEDU and the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) announced their partnership to deploy a statewide college and career access web portal called Louisiana Connect. The site enables Louisiana students to research and execute education, career and financial planning, better preparing them for college and beyond.

This summer a new feature of Louisiana Connect was launched. Designed to increase student awareness and access to higher education opportunities, the new feature notifies 11th and 12th graders across the state of their eligibility to participate in the Expanding High School Choice program. Through the program high school students can take credit-bearing, college coursework at more than 40 Louisiana colleges and universities.

"From the beginning, LOSFA's ideal of a comprehensive college and career access portal was to be open to all aspects of planning, preparing and delivering what students need for success.  Louisiana Connect is now poised to exceed all our expectations," said Melanie Amrhein, Executive Director of LOSFA.

Expanding High School Choice is a critical component of the state's broader Course Choice initiative, which "expands academic course options for all Louisiana students who want to enhance their academic performance and job readiness."

"We are excited that LOSFA and the Department of Education have decided to leverage this technology to help increase awareness of the Expanding High School Choice program and make the application and enrollment process easier for students," said Marie DeMego, ConnectEDU's Vice President of Enterprise Solutions.  "Louisiana is at the forefront of empowering student success, and we are proud to be their partner."

To learn more please visit www.LouisianaConnect.org or contact us.

About ConnectEDU (www.connectedu.com)

ConnectEDU is a technology company, founded and grounded in education, committed to transitioning 21st Century Learners on their pathways from school to college to career, helping them realize their potential, achieve a secure financial future, and ultimately connect to life's possibilities. ConnectEDU was created in 2002, by Craig Powell, an entrepreneur with a passion for ensuring that all students have access to the expertise needed to maximize their educational potential. Today, ConnectEDU is the world's largest education network, with nearly 20 million registered learners, over 4,000 educational institutions, and 130,000 employers.

SOURCE ConnectEDU, Inc.