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CloudSigma is supporting American college students in choosing the right career path through StudentMentor.org

Lack of education is rated as one of the top ten global issues. Young generations are lost in the dynamics of their environment and sometimes miss the importance of a high quality education and the quality of life improvements they can achieve through this.

Gladly there are organizations out there that support young students in their educational path and mentor them. One such organization is Student Mentor – their mission is to provide all students access to high quality and relevant mentors with a view to raising academic achievement. At CloudSigma we are proud to be supporting them with our cloud platform pro bono.

About StudentMentor
Student Mentor is an Non-Governmental Organization building an innovative mentoring program based on a pioneering technology platform. College students can conveniently find and collaborate with mentors from diverse industries and professions to achieve their academic and career goals.

Studen Mentor’s vision is one where all students have the support they need to graduate from college and lead productive lives.

Webpage : http://www.studentmentor.org/

The Need
Nationally in the USA, an astonishing 51% of college students fail to graduate within six years. Moreover, 4 out of 5 low-income college students fail to attain a bachelors degree by their mid-20s. A study commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that, “A student who makes the connection between obtaining a college degree and his or her career goals is a full six times as likely to attain a degree as one who doesn’t. Aside from academic preparation, the study identifies this factor as the single largest impact on an individual student’s likelihood of completing college . Today’s students face ever-increasing tuition costs and uncertain post-graduation employment prospects. By connecting with professionals who provide advice regarding how a college major will lead to a successful career, students can begin to understand the value of earning a college degree.

The collaboration
CloudSigma has been supporting Student Mentor from 2010 as part of our charitable activities which are directed towards organizations whose purpose, mission and vision we find close to our own values and whose requirements can be assisted by us.

Student Mentor was started by Ash Jafari and Stephanie Bravo and has grown over the years. Today, thousands of people have volunteered to mentor students in the program.

StudentMentor.org is helping students graduate from college and embark on their careers through mentorship. Professionals from all different disciplines help provide advice and support for students along their journey.

Cloud computing was first used in 2010 when the organization was formed. Subsequently they found it to be an integral part of the organization’s efficiency and operations which require a reliable IT infrastructure. For this reason they started searching for a company that could ensure qualitative services and secure cloud services.

StudentMentor.org : “We wanted to have reliable IT infrastructure to provide as close to 100% uptime as possible. After we chose CloudSigma we are very happy with the service and the positive impact it had on our organization. Since using CloudSigma, we have had more uptime and our customers report fewer issues due to our IT.”

Some of the benefits recognized by StudentMentor.org as a result of using cloud computing are related to information management, sharing abilities and accessibility of common resources, which improve remarkably the productivity and achievements of the organization.

At CloudSigma we feel privileged to have the chance to support young people in the USA on such a huge scale that Student Mentor has achieved in helping students to find the best possible mentor for them.

About CloudSigma.org
CloudSigma is a pure-cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider that offers highly-
available, flexible, enterprise-class cloud servers and cloud hosting solutions, both in Europe
and the U.S. CloudSigma is the most customizable cloud provider on the market, giving
customers full control over their cloud and eliminating restrictions on how users deploy their
computing resources. With CloudSigma, customers can provision processing, storage,
networks and other fundamental computing resources as they please, as well as easily
deploy any operating system or application with full root/administrative access. The result is
the highest-performing cloud at the most efficient price possible. For more information, please visit the company on Twitter @CloudSigma , Facebook and Google+.

About Viktor Petersson

Former VP of Business Development at CloudSigma. Currently CEO at WireLoad and busy making a dent in the Digital Signage industry with Screenly. Viktor is a proud geek and loves playing with the latest technologies.

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