Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) Launches Knowledge-Sharing Network to Offer College Admissions Advice

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College Admissions Expert Calling Network (ECN®) to Help Prospective Students and their Families Identify Best-Fit Higher Education Choices and to Navigate the Admissions Process

The Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) announced today the launch of the College Admissions Expert Calling Network (ECN), a knowledge-sharing platform connecting independent education consultants with high school students and their families during the transition into higher education. HECA is the premier professional organization for independent education consultants in providing professional development, advancing ethical standards of conduct, and promoting equity and access to higher education for all students.

HECA consultants are showcased on the College Admissions ECN (http://collegeadmissions.expertcallingnetwork.com/), and are accessible to knowledge-seekers in a variety of free community forums or, using the platform’s InCall® feature, via paid one-on-one phone consultations at a rate set by each consultant. Registration for consumers is free. Brainsy, Inc., a provider of patented online knowledge-sharing platforms, powers the ECN.

“Applying to college doesn’t need to be a confusing or anxiety-ridden process,” said Ping Wei, Executive Director of HECA. “Our 900+ members are professionals who are dedicated to keeping up to date with trends and opportunities in higher education and sharing that knowledge with each other. HECA consultants then use that shared knowledge to guide students and their families through each step of the high school to college transition process and ultimately through their final decision. The College Admissions ECN will help make it easier to find and access professional and ethical independent education consultants while at the same time creating a growing knowledge-base driven by the HECA community.”

In 2017, over 20 million students are expected to attend American universities and colleges consisting of more than 4,700 Title IV degree-granting institutions. The student to counselor ratio in high schools nationally approaches 500:1 and is as high as 1,000:1 in some parts of the country. HECA consultants help fill the gap by working with students and their families to find the best fit college.

Some of the HECA professionals included in the ECN launch:

Evelyn Alexander, Founder, Magellan College Counseling
K. Patricia Aviezer, President, Inside Track To College, Inc.
Kate Balboni, Owner and Consultant, Balboni College Advising
Shannon Brady, Director of Academic & College Counseling, Brady College Counseling
Jolyn Brand, Owner/College Consultant, Brand College Consulting
Whitney Bruce, Independent Educational Consultant, Whitney Bruce College Consulting
Suzann Cowing, College Consultant, Advanced College Counseling
Hailee DeMott, Owner & Independent Educational Consultant, DeMott College & Education Consulting
Eva Garza-Nyer, Ph.D., CEP, Educational Consultant, Texas College Advisor
Sheree Gravely, Independent College Advisor, Gravely Group College Advising
Carolee Gravina, Independent College Advisor& Founder, College Bound Guidance
Jacqueline Hicks Grazette, CEO and Chief Education Officer, MyCollegeAdvisor.Net, LLC
Stacy Kadesh, Founder of Stacy Kadesh and Associates College Consulting
Katelyn Klapper, Certified Educational Planner, Founder of College Options
Betsy Klene, Independent College Advisor
Cathy McMeekan, Independent Educational Consultant, McMeekan College Consulting
Paul Nicholas, Independent Educational Consultant at Alma Mater Educational Services
Mel Preimesberger, Founder & Director, MP College Chat LLC
Barbara Samples, Independent Educational Consultant, Samples Educational Consulting
Ann Scheder-Bieschin, Founder, Carina College Counseling
Anna Seltz, Founder, Higher Ed U College Admissions Consulting
Jennifer Severini-Kresock, Owner/Independent Educational Consultant/ Career and College Counselor, NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates (self)
Jeff Sibner, Consultant, College Match Guru
Julie Silver, Independent Educational Consultant, Positioned for Admissions, LLC
Dr. Avonna Swartz, Coach, Cheerleader, Counselor, & Expert in all things related to university admission, The College Planner
Anne Weisholtz, Independent Educational Consultant, Comprehensive College Counseling
Dewey Wilmot, Founder of Admissions Edge

ECN Consultants will be able to self-designate their expertise in any of the key subject matter categories including: Application & Essay Guidance, Career & Major Guidance, College Selection/List Development, Comprehensive College Guidance, Financial Aid & Affordability, Fine & Performing Arts, First Generation, International Students, Resume Building, Student Athletes, Students with LD, Summer Programs, Test Preparation. ECN Consultants will select their own rates for participating in any InCall® discussions and the transactions will be conducted through the ECN platform.

“We are pleased to have been selected by the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) as the platform provider for their member-driven knowledge sharing network,” stated Brian Christie, CEO of Brainsy, the ECN platform provider. “The HECA community will be a valuable resource for experienced, ethical, and timely guidance for students and families all over the world as they make life-changing decisions about their educational journey.”

In conjunction with the launch, Brainsy is accepting interest from sponsors that would like their brand highlighted on the HECA ECN. Interested parties should contact Bill Sheehan at 855-742-7246 x706.


About HECA:
The Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) is the premier professional organization for consultants who focus exclusively on helping high school students realize their full potential. Our mission is to support independent education consultants as they work with students and parents during the transition into higher education by providing professional development, advancing ethical standards of conduct and promoting equity and access to higher education for all students.

About Brainsy, Inc.:
Brainsy offers patented Software as a Service (SaaS) to power knowledge sharing networks for private companies, trade associations, professional societies and other membership organizations. Deploying a Brainsy powered Expert Calling Network (ECN) or Expert Community Online (ECO) under their own brand, organizations can showcase mentors or subject matter experts while earning non-dues revenue. Brainsy is backed by successful entrepreneurs-turned-Angels and is a portfolio company of TomorrowVentures, co-founded by Alphabet (formerly Google) Chairman, Eric Schmidt. More information is at: http://www.brainsy.com

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