Ranken Technical College Bringing Improved Textbook Affordability to Students with New eCampus.com Virtual Bookstore Partnership

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Ranken Technical College has selected eCampus.com as its online bookstore provider to deliver substantial course material savings for students with a commitment to superior customer support. Ranken, with its main campus located in St. Louis, Missouri, is one of the state’s leading technical colleges, serving over 2,300 students.

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“eCampus.com Virtual Bookstores offers Ranken Technical College the opportunity to increase textbook affordability for students while simultaneously allowing faculty to leverage the company’s deep publisher relations.” - Peter Murtaugh, VP Finance and Administration, Ranken Technical College

Ranken selected eCampus.com Virtual Bookstores to help students obtain course materials at a significantly reduced cost, while also providing a streamlined and convenient ordering process. With the new eCampus.com solution, students from all three campuses will save up to 70% off publisher list prices, aligning with the college’s goal of providing an exceptional technical education at an affordable price. Beyond cost savings, students can take advantage of every purchasing option, including new, used, rental, eTextbook, and an expansive network of third-party Marketplace sellers.

Additional benefits reflected in the new partnership include a free ship-to-campus option, where students can take advantage of a convenient centralized location to pick up their course materials. Beyond a user-friendly ordering and delivery process, students will have access to a superior in-house customer service department to help with ordering, delivery, and digital content inquiries.

eCampus.com, who is taking over bookstore operations from MBS, will offer a seamless integration with Ranken’s Student Information System, creating a customized ordering process utilizing Single Sign-On (SSO). With this cohesive strategy, students will also enjoy the convenience of registration integration, offering streamlined course material ordering at the same time they register for classes. Through these robust system integrations, Ranken students gain an optimal student experience that meets their online buying expectations and ultimately drives academic outcomes. Students will also have the flexibility of using financial aid for their course material purchases.

In addition to student benefits, the eCampus.com Virtual Bookstore will also serve Ranken faculty with a smooth adoption process. With a dedicated eCampus.com Management Team, faculty can receive desk copies to review and confirm best-fit content from a network of over 10,000 publisher partners.

“eCampus.com Virtual Bookstores offers Ranken Technical College the opportunity to increase textbook affordability for students while simultaneously allowing faculty to leverage the company’s deep publisher relations,” said Peter Murtaugh, Vice President for Finance and Administration for Ranken Technical College. “In the past, Ranken students have battled high textbook prices and a lack of affordable shipping options. With eCampus, students can leverage free and reduced rate shipping combined with the confidence of the right course materials at the right time. This is a win-win for our students, our faculty, and our institution.”

“We’re delighted to welcome Ranken Technical College to the eCampus.com Virtual Bookstore program and applaud this institution who is making college affordability a priority for their students,” said Matt Montgomery, President and CEO of eCampus.com. “We look forward to providing a new online bookstore standard for the institution that aligns with their mission of preparing students for success.”

Ranken students will have full access to their eCampus.com Virtual Bookstore in May 2019 for buybacks and Summer 2019 for purchasing. More information on eCampus.com Virtual Bookstores can be found at ecampuscms.com.

About eCampus.com

eCampus.com is a premier online retailer of textbooks and digital course materials. Consistently exceeding industry standards, eCampus.com’s mission is to provide the easiest, fastest, and most affordable way for K-12 and higher education students to buy, rent, or sell textbooks and digital content. The company launched on July 2, 1999, the birthday of original investor Dave Thomas of Wendy’s. From the beginning, their driving force has been meeting the needs of the customers they serve. Remaining an innovative leader in the course materials industry, eCampus.com serves over 250 colleges and universities through an innovative course material solutions suite, including full-service Virtual Bookstores and the eCampus.com ALL Access program. eCampus.com's mission enables institutions to increase course material affordability, serving millions of students to date. Through products that simplify the adoption, management and procurement of course materials, eCampus.com propels student success by delivering the right course materials, at the right time, at the right price. Learn more at ecampus.com.

About Ranken Technical College

Ranken Technical College has been helping students experience success for 100 years. The accredited institution, with its main campus located in St. Louis, Missouri, is a leading Missouri technical college with a large selection of disciplines offering fast degree and certificates in as little as two semesters. The College’s three-pronged approach to teaching – hands-on technical experience, general education and professionalism – gives students the competitive edge, proven by their excellent job placement rate. With additional campuses located in Wentzville and Perryville, Ranken meets the needs of Missouri residents and beyond, ensuring graduates are highly trained and fully equipped for successful careers. Learn more at ranken.edu.

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