Michigan-Based Information Technology Company Wins Contract with Nursing School

Bingham Farms, Mich., August 4, 2005 — ComSpec International, Inc., a leading provider of information technology services to Fortune 1000 companies and the higher education market, was recently awarded a contract with Cochran School of Nursing in Yonkers, New York. The school chose ComSpec’s award-winning EMPOWER product as its new student information system.

“The Cochran School of Nursing has increased five-fold in student numbers and added an off-site location in the last four years,” said Dr. Kathleen Dirschel, Cochran’s Dean and Vice President for Education. “EMPOWER was the software of choice because its systems are able to be efficient and accurate in managing all our student data activities. It offers powerful applications, Internet connectivity and strong interface capabilities.”

EMPOWER is a fully-integrated student information system utilized by a wide range of institutions in the United States, Canada and the Bahamas. EMPOWER customers range in size from single campus locations to multiple worldwide locations, and include traditional two- and four-year colleges, career colleges, professional schools, religious institutions and academic service providers. Originally developed by ComSpec in 1997, EMPOWER has achieved a 100 percent client retention rate and has earned various other accolades, including an award by INFOWORLD and a place in the ComputerWorld Smithsonian Innovation Collection.

A single, integrated database with a modular design, EMPOWER allows institutions the flexibility to select only the components they need and to customize the application to meet their requirements. Currently, more than 10 modules are available, enabling customers to effectively manage information in key areas, including Admissions Tracking, Financial Aid, Student Billing, Student Records and Registration, Student Housing and Alumni and Donor Development.

In addition, EMPOWER offers nursing schools the capability to track information that is unique to their needs, including:

  • Medical loan processing and financial aid
  • Contact hour reporting
  • Professional transcript
  • CEU registration and tracking
  • Clinical patient contact reporting
  • Immunization and test records

“We are thrilled to add Cochran School of Nursing to our list of EMPOWER customers,” said ComSpec Vice President Robert Brender. “It is an honor to work with Cochran, which was founded in 1894 and is one of the oldest professional nursing schools in the country.”

ComSpec also works with other four-year colleges that specialize in nursing and allied health education, and recently completed an EMPOWER implementation at Mercy College of Northwest Ohio, a Catholic college founded in 1917 that grants associate and baccalaureate degrees.

ComSpec International was founded in 1983, and provides custom software development services utilizing the latest 4GL tools, relational databases, client/server and web technology. Outside of the higher education market, ComSpec customers have included companies such as Motorola, Ford Motor Company and Nextel. The company is headquartered in Bingham Farms, Michigan, at 30800 Telegraph Road, Suite 2775. The telephone number is 248.647.8841, and the web address is www.comspec-intnl.com.

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