Connections Education Named "Top Workplace" by The Baltimore Sun

       Connections Education Named "Top Workplace" by The Baltimore Sun

-- Employees Praise Online Learning Innovator for Stand-out Work Environment,
Compensation and Benefits, and Company Leadership --

PR Newswire

BALTIMORE, Dec. 9, 2013

BALTIMORE, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Connections Education
(www.ConnectionsEducation.com), leading provider of high-quality, highly
accountable virtual education solutions for students in grades K–12, has been
named one of Baltimore's best places to work for the second time this year.
The Baltimore Sun has selected Connections Education as one of the top five of
The Baltimore Sun Top Workplaces for 2013, an award based solely on employee
feedback. Connections Education was ranked fourth among large companies (400+
employees) and Chief Executive Officer Barbara Dreyer received special honors
for her leadership based on employee survey results.

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Baltimore Sun Top Workplace Award

This latest accolade comes on the heels of Connections Education's "Best
Places to Work 2013" Award from Baltimore magazine – also based on employee
nominations -- announced earlier this year.

Connections Education was one of a select group of employers to be honored
with The Baltimore Sun Top Workplace 2013 Awards. The Company's employees
praised the online learning leader for its stand-out work environment,
compensation and benefits, and executive leadership, among other factors.
Baltimore magazine similarly praised Connections Education for a number of
reasons, including: an atmosphere that makes employees happy to go to work in
the morning; a devotion to helping employees advance in their careers; stellar
benefits; above average compensation; employee- and family-friendly policies
like flexible work arrangements; and inspiring leadership.

The Baltimore Sun Top Workplace for 2013 accolade reflects Connections
Education's long-standing corporate culture of caring and excellence. It also
confirms the extraordinary levels of satisfaction with their work experience
that Connections Education employees themselves have expressed in the
Company's annual Employee Satisfaction Surveys. In the most recent survey,
88% of employees rated their overall satisfaction working at Connections
Education an A or a B; 93% of employees rated their satisfaction with benefits
as good, very good, or excellent; 93% said that the work environment is better
or significantly better than at their previous job; and 90% said training and
development is better or significantly better than at their previous job.

The Connections Education workforce numbers over 3,000 nationwide. More than
300 work in its Baltimore headquarters, roughly 1000 across Maryland, and,
perhaps unsurprisingly for an e-learning company, 42% of company employees
nationwide work from home.

Since it was founded in 2001, Connections Education has helped to re-define
public education in the United States, by supporting high-quality, highly
accountable virtual and blended schools for students in grades K-12. In its
earliest days, the e-learning pioneer served roughly 400 students in two
full-time Connections Academy virtual public schools. Today, 33 Connections
Academy and Nexus Academy public schools spanning 23 states serve more than
50,000 K-12 students. Additionally, the online private school, International
Connections Academy, serves students throughout and outside the United States.
More than 1,000 schools, school districts, state departments of education and
other educational institutions, serving tens of thousands of students
throughout the United States and beyond, also utilize the Company's digital
learning solutions.

This growth is testimony to Connections Education's commitment to expanding
quality education through technology – and its equally strong commitment to
its employees, who are responsible for the Company's success, according to
Connections Education Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Barbara Dreyer.

"We are really proud that Connections Education has once again been publicly
acknowledged as a great place to work, especially since this latest award is
based solely on employee feedback," Dreyer commented. "All of our employees
are fantastic, whether they're teachers, counselors, curriculum specialists,
multimedia developers, or members of our essential support teams. It's their
talent, dedication and hard work that have enabled us to help so many students
succeed over the past decade. So we owe it to our employees to provide the
best possible work environment."

Among the benefits Connections Education offers at no cost to employees:

  oLife insurance
  oShort-term disability benefit: 100% paid salary for 6 weeks
  oLong-term disability plan
  oEmployee Assistance Program
  o401(k) plan
  oHealth plan with no co-pays for preventive care visits or drugs
  oTuition Assistance Plans
  oFinancial aid for adoption
  oComprehensive Professional Development and Training Programs

Voluntary benefits include: critical illness insurance; accident insurance;
discounted renter, homeowner, and auto insurance; discounted cell phone plans;
and a discounted pet care plan.

"At Connections Education, our culture is very important to us, and to
employees," observed Annie Marhefka, Connections Education's Vice President of
Human Resources. "Entrepreneurial, empowering, rewarding, high-energy, and
fast-paced – these are words often used to describe us. Employees are given
the tools and resources to get the job done in a flexible manner. Getting the
job done to our high standards is our focus, not how, when or where they get
the job done. But at the end of the day, we all hold each other accountable
for top-notch service and deliverables."

The Baltimore Sun published the complete list of Top Workplaces on Sunday,
December 8. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and
WorkplaceDynamics, please visit www.topworkplaces.com and
www.workplacedynamics.com.

About Connections Education
Connections Education is a leading provider of high-quality, highly
accountable virtual education solutions for students in grades K–12. Since
2001, the company's Connections Academy division has delivered individualized
learning to students through virtual public schools and a private online
academy. In the 2013–14 school year, 26 Connections Academy virtual (online)
public schools operate in 23 states and expect to serve more than 50,000
students from across the U.S. The Connections Learning by Pearson division
meets the needs of schools, school districts, and other institutions looking
to develop and enhance their online learning programs. Connections Learning by
Pearson delivers a full range of targeted digital learning solutions to the
K–12 education community including online courses, a program for homebound
students, a digital learning platform, a private online school and a line of
blended learning programs called Nexus Academy schools. More than 1000
schools, school districts, state departments of education and other
educational institutions, serving tens of thousands of students throughout the
United States and beyond, are already utilizing Connections Learning by
Pearson products and services. Connections Education is committed to expanding
quality education through technology and helping students achieve both
academic and personal success. For more information, call 800–382–6010 or
visit www.ConnectionsEducation.com. Connections Education is part of the
global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO).

Students learning in a Connections Education blended learning environment.





Connections Education Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Barbara Dreyer



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SOURCE Connections Education

Website: http://www.connectionsacademy.com
Contact: Allison Bazin, Connections Education, 609-247-0275,
abazin@connectionseducation.com; Sandy Burke, Athena Public Relations,
203-912-9490, sandy@athenapr.com
 
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