CollegeSurfing.com and SpaBeautySchools.com Invite Traditional and Nontraditional Students Into a Unique Educational Social Community

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Top career education portals expand resources with popular blogs, MySpace presence, and user-generated content areas.

The nature of education is a collaborative sharing of ideas, which is why the editors at CollegeSurfing.com and SpaBeautySchools.com, both of which offer a robust Web site filled with career-specific educational opportunities and resources, saw a natural fit within the world of Web 2.0 - where user-generated content, blogging, and other interactive components supplement the traditional Web-browsing experience.

"Exploring and acting upon one's educational goals is not a solo process, and we understand that," explains Dawn Papandrea, managing editor of The CollegeBound Network. "Since 1987, we've designed products that ease the decision-making process for both traditional students and adult learners. Now, we're taking our efforts a step further-adding Web 2.0 features that transform our sites into interactive 'support systems' in addition to helping users find the right school for them."

Through blogs like "The CollegeSurfing Insider" and "A Minute with SpaBeautySchools," User-Generated Content areas, and MySpace profiles, The CollegeBound Network sites bridge the gap between aspiring students and their career dreams, Papandrea explains.

  •     The CollegeSurfing Insider blog, which provides answers to career education questions, has garnered positive attention among the blogosphere's top career writers. In addition, the Blog's feeds are being utilized to power content for top education- and career-oriented Web sites. Likewise, A Minute with SpaBeautySchools offers a refreshing look at the world of beauty and wellness.
  •     The mission of the User-Generated Content portals at CollegeSurfing.com and SpaBeautySchools.com is to create forums in which aspiring, current, and former students, along with education and industry experts, can share experiences and advice. Participants can acquire an abundance of bylined online clips, and even feature a "profile" about themselves.
  •     With more than 100 million MySpace users, CollegeSurfing launched its MySpace persona, Career "Ed" at http://www.myspace.com/collegesurfing, to reach this broad, Web-savvy audience. Ed's entertaining and informational blog, which riffs on pop culture, career trends, and school stories, along with numerous links to career articles and polls, provides a unique perspective and dynamic career resource for his online friends to enjoy. Similarly, SpaBeautySchools.com's MySpace presence (http://www.myspace.com/spabeautyschools) highlights unique career tracks and profiles of top industry professionals within the beauty and wellness fields.

More than 1.5 million surfers utilize The CollegeBound Network's resource sites each month, which include CollegeBound.net, CollegeSurfing.com, HolisticJunction.com, SpaBeautySchools.com, TopCareerSchools.com, and others.

Since 1987, The CollegeBound Network (CBN) has worked with America's leading colleges, universities, and career schools in connecting learners with educational opportunities. CBN specializes in recruitment lead generation solutions for 800+ educational institutions and 2,100 campuses, using its content-rich portals.

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