As featured in the September 19, 2007 edition of Pop City.
Apangea Learning will launch new writing product; hires 10
Apangea Learning, the Pittsburgh company offering online differentiated math tutoring for students, will launch an innovative new writing product next January and has announced the hiring of 10 additional employees this year. The writing software, still in the development stage, will operate similarly to Apangea’s flagship math product, SmartHelp, helping students to develop writing and literacy skills through software and on-demand teachers, says CEO Louis Piconi.
Since March Apangea has added staff in the areas of sales, service, account management, and service teams that work with the schools, increasing its size by 25 percent and bringing the total number of employees in its downtown office to 28 full-time and 5 part-time, Piconi says. Apangea, with revenues of $1.4 million this year, tutors 50,000 students in math in 18 states.
Apangea also has established a school district partnership program that offers unlimited tutoring to parents for $100 a year while giving districts $25 back for each student. This is a substantial savings to parents who often pay upward of $40 an hour for a math tutor, Piconi says. “It’s our mission at Apangea to find a way to make tutoring available to everyone who needs it,” says Piconi. “Parents who hire tutors are paying a really big bill. We want to give them the option to purchase high quality tutoring at an affordable price.”
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Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Louis Piconi, Brian Wallace, Apangea Learning