Education unveils college Web site

The Education Department has unveiled a new Web site to will help prospective college students prepare for their time on campus, the department announced last week.

College.gov will deal with all aspects of the college life, including aspects about finance, culture and preparations. In addition to seeking information, it will also seek input from visitors themselves.

The Web site fits into the agency's overall mission of encouraging more Americans to attend college. Education estimates that 90 percent of the fastest growing jobs in the country will require some form of education beyond what is offered by high school.

"As we have traveled around the country and talked with students and their families, we heard over and over again how helpful it would be to have a one-stop shop for reliable information from the department about planning for college and advice from fellow students who overcame challenges to attend college," Undersecretary of Education Sara Martinez Tucker said in a statement. "We hope this site assists in filling that information gap and helps more students attend college and pursue the American Dream."

The site feature videos of students now at college explaining their experiences, as well as an interactive tool to help individuals gets prepared for school. According to the agency, the design team strived to make the site look as little like a government Web site as possible, featuring a stylish design and content arranged around immediate questions visitors would likely have, such as "How do I pay for college?" or "Why should I go?"

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