Louisiana Connect (www.louisianaconnect.org) has replaced the e-Portal and provides tools and resources to help students plan for life after high school, find colleges where they can be successful and launch rewarding careers. Importantly, Louisiana Connect provides professional school counselors, parents, teachers and advisors with a full suite of tracking dashboards, reporting capabilities, and communication tools to help students navigate the process.
The data-driven web portal is designed to give students, parents, counselors, and administrators a “one stop shop” for college and career planning. It allows students to create an online portfolio, including career assessments, GPAs, course history, test scores, graduation and TOPS requirements, and extracurricular activities – in addition to providing them with alerts on key milestones for college applications, scholarships, and financing deadlines.
Students can use Louisiana Connect to compare postsecondary institutions by course offerings and cost of attendance. It further allows students to initiate direct exchanges with schools they are interested in attending and/or learning more about, creating a personal experience with each institution in which they express an interest.
Financing a college education is always a primary concern so the portal also allows students to calculate the amount of the monthly loan repayments that will be required upon graduation before they borrow, compare the repayment amount to the projected salary for their chosen profession and to determine the lifestyle they will be able to afford.
Click here to go to Louisiana Connect.