An effort is under way to help high school students use online resources to pursue continuing their education after they graduate. On Thursday, that effort took students to the University of Maine and a Web site that encourages post-secondary planning.

The Web site www.connectedu.net helps students research post-secondary institutions, prepare for SATs and apply for financial aid. The Web site provides information on four-year, community and technical colleges.

Sophomore Maegan Dupre showed how she gained online information for Bates College in Lewiston. She learned how to log on to the site earlier in the day in the guidance office.

“I know I’m going to use this,” she said.

After students get a password to the site, they can gain access to it from any Internet connection, said Lisbon High School guidance counselor Ed Nunery. Parents also can gain access to the site by using their child’s identification number and creating their own password.

Nunery said that the Web site is available to every Maine high school student and that the guidance department has started to help a few students like Dupre gain access to it as a first step. He and fellow guidance counselor Patti Mucenski would like Lisbon High School freshmen through seniors to have the opportunity to use the site in the future.

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