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College Nights Wrap-Up 2018

June 19, 2018

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ECMC College Nights events, held annually in the spring at 170 sites across California, Connecticut, Oregon, Tennessee, and Virginia were a fantastic success in 2018. In this, our 12th year, we reached over 17,000 high school students and their families where they were given essential information to help them plan and pay for college.

ECMC's focus is on reaching the highest-need students and families. College Nights are traditionally held at high schools where eligibility for free and reduced lunch is 50 percent or greater. In addition, we sponsor the events at a few community college sites in rural, high-need areas where it makes sense for the events to be centrally located.

We also have a desire to help students earlier in the college-going process. As a result, ECMC's College Nights were moved to the February 1 through April 30 timeframe and primarily targeted at high school juniors and their families. The evening's program complements the ECMC Opportunities workbooks, which are updated and published annually to help students and families prepare for college.

As the sponsor, ECMC provides each site with posters for marketing the event, event materials that include the presentation, welcome posters, evaluation forms, scholarship entry forms, pens, balloons, volunteer t-shirts, reimbursement for pizza and refreshments (up to $600 per site) and three $500 scholarships that are awarded through a random drawing at each event.

Attendees are asked to complete an evaluation of the evening. Here are just a few of the many positive comments received:

"There was plenty of information on costs, financial aid, and grants. It was overall an amazing informational meeting."
Student—Sierra Vista High School, Baldwin Park, CA

"It really met my expectations—it was very informative. Everything was explained very well, and I was able to understand what was said."
Student – Lenoir City High School, Lenoir City, TN

"The event entirely met my expectations in that I received a lot of useful college information. Couldn't ask for much more!"
Student – Nelson County High School, Lovingston, VA

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Kaleidoscope partners with ECMC and Zenith Education Group to disburse millions in scholarships

May 31, 2018

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Kaleidoscope today announced its partnership with Minneapolis-based affiliates Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) and Zenith Education Group (Zenith) to administer and host multiple scholarship programs on the Kaleidoscope scholarship marketplace.

ECMC works to lower student loan default rates; sponsors financial literacy programs; and provides resources to help student loan borrowers successfully repay their loans. Zenith is a nonprofit provider of career and technical education.

Through the Kaleidoscope platform, ECMC will administer three scholarship programs totaling nearly $13 million, each unique in providing support to more than 3,500 high-need students.

"At ECMC, our scholarships provide financial support as well as guidance," said Paula Craw, Vice President of ECMC Student Success and Outreach. "By partnering with Kaleidoscope, we are able to spend less time on administration and more time providing resources to help students realize their educational goals."

By using the Kaleidoscope platform, ECMC scholarship applicants will gain access to additional scholarships through the Kaleidoscope marketplace. ECMC plans to leverage this partnership to encourage their scholars to submit scholarship applications for additional funding.

"We provide enterprise capable toolsets for scholarship-sized budgets," said Greg Dehn, Founder and CEO, Kaleidoscope. "Our aim is to ensure that as many dollars go to students in need as possible, while also providing modern technology capabilities to meet students in the mediums they spend their time today…online."

ECMC staff also will have access to automated tools through Kaleidoscope that will help expand their reach to school counselors and students with college advice and additional scholarship opportunities.

"It is rare that one single scholarship will cover 100 percent of the costs associated with most post-secondary education," Dehn said. "Providing students with easy access to scholarships allows them to spend more time focused on their goals and applications, and less time searching for scholarships."

Kaleidoscope will also be facilitating Zenith's newly developed Pathfinder Scholarship program, which will be awarded to students attending its Altierus Career College campuses.

About Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope offers a cloud-based scholarship marketplace that connects scholarship funders with students. The company's marketplace harnesses industry know-how and cloud technology to provide scholarship funders a digital, white-labeled program that celebrates their brand. Kaleidoscope improves financial output and delivers outcomes while providing a friction-free "uncommon application" experience that student applicants love. For more information, please visit https://www.mykaleidoscope.com/

About Zenith Education Group
Zenith Education Group is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering affordable, quality education and training for occupations in demand. Through its Altierus Career Colleges across the country, Zenith offers diploma and degree programs in the healthcare, skilled trades and IT fields. For more information, go to www.zenith.org.

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ECMC Group was featured on Channel 5 News about the Best Prep eMentor.

April 27, 2018

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ECMC Group was featured on Channel 5 News during the 4:30pm and 6:30pm shows. Sabrina Berg, Senior Community Relations Specialist for ECMC Group, was interviewed at the Best Prep eMentor lunch and FAB Life Game simulation.

The following videos recap the event.


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The College Place-Woodbridge and The College Place-Richmond announce new directors

April 6, 2018

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TCPs provide free resources to help Virginia students plan for college

RICHMOND, Va. – April 5, 2018 – Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) announced today The College Place-Woodbridge (TCP-Woodbridge) and The College Place-Richmond (TCP-Richmond) have hired new directors. Danny Eckstein will direct the Woodbridge location, while Jan Smith will oversee the Richmond location.

TCP-Woodbridge, located at Northern Virginia Community College, and TCP-Richmond, located at Virginia Commonwealth University, provide free information and assistance for students of all ages throughout the state. Through in-person, telephone and online support, the centers help students complete applications and financial aid forms, as well as locate scholarships that can decrease overall costs. Staff are also available to visit schools and to conduct workshops.

"ECMC is thrilled to welcome Danny and Jan, who bring substantial experience to help Virginia students and families in navigating the college-going process," said Paula Craw, ECMC vice president of student success and outreach. "We have a long history of college access work in the commonwealth and we're happy to have two fantastic student advocates to add to our team."

TCP-Woodbridge's main office is located at 2645 College Drive. To set up an appointment with a representative or to learn more, contact The College Place 434-242-9053 or woodbridgevatcp@ecmc.org.

TCP-Richmond's main office is located at 120 South Linden Street. To set up an appointment with a representative or to learn more, contact The College Place 804-827-1755 or richmondvatcp@ecmc.org.

ECMC has five other college access centers across the country: TCP-Colorado, TCP-Oregon, TCP-Connecticut, TCP-Northern California and TCP-Minnesota.

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ECMC opens college access center in Denver

April 6, 2018

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The College Place, located at University of Colorado Denver, provides free resources to help students plan for college

DENVER, Colo. – April 5, 2018 – Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) has opened a new college access center to help students of all ages prepare for college.

The College Place-Colorado (TCP-Colorado), located at University of Colorado Denver, provides free information and assistance for students throughout the state. Through in-person, telephone and online support, the center helps students of all ages complete applications and financial aid forms, as well as locate scholarships that can decrease college costs. Staff is also available to visit schools and conduct workshops.

"The College Place is an invaluable resource for students planning and preparing for college," said Chevy Lowe, director of TCP-Colorado. "I am honored to have the opportunity to work with all students and help them find the path that aligns with their goals and aspirations."

Ms. Lowe has been active in the higher education field for more than seven years. Her work has focused on serving and counseling students, with a focus on underserved student access.

TCP-Colorado's main office is located at 1201 Larimer Street, Suite 1007. To set up an appointment with a representative or to learn more, contact The College Place at 612-212-8831 or coloradotcp@ecmc.org.

ECMC has six other college access centers across the country: TCP-Minnesota, TCP-Oregon, TCP-Connecticut, TCP-Northern California, TCP-Richmond in Virginia and TCP-Woodbridge in Virginia.

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