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To assist cash-strapped colleges and universities, AfterCollege, a professional network for college students and recent graduates, said today it is launching a Career Services Management platform.

The CSM is designed to complement or replace existing online job posting services at campus career centers, with no fees attached.

The Software-as-a-Service solution marks the company’s initial foray into collaborating directly with on-campus career services offices, with the goal of helping students find employment while helping career centers more effectively allocate resources, a news release stated.

Features include a professional networking platform, student and alumni databases, job and internship management, usage tracking, and integration with AfterCollege’s patented process of connecting students with employers.

AfterCollege plans to subsidize the platform to eligible colleges and universities.

A number of career centers have already signed up for AfterCollege’s free CSM platform, including the City College of San Francisco.

“City College of San Francisco’s career center is very happy to be working with AfterCollege. Their free platform provides us with all of the functionality found in high-cost alternatives, but they also provide powerful career networking tools that the others don’t come close to. We’re all very excited,” said Indiana Quadra, Chair of the Career Development and Counseling Department at CCSF. “By using AfterCollege’s CSM platform, we’re saving close to $80,000 per year in potential technology and administrative costs, which is obviously very important for us.”

“Career services software has become commoditized and we believe schools should not have to pay for this software, especially if it takes away from their core functions of providing career counseling and guidance,” said Brian Heifferon, COO of AfterCollege. “AfterCollege’s goal is to allow schools to outsource the mechanical functions involved with posting jobs, managing internships and professional networking, so that they can focus on helping their students.”

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