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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS - OTTERBOT

Otterbot - Media Highlights

The following media highlights represent stories acknowledging the impact and importance of the new Otterbot tool.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Navigate the New Challenges of College and Career (Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative)

March 9, 2021—The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the fact that American workers at all levels are at a crossroads due to the relentless improvement of technology. The World Economic Forum in 2020 found that, amid “the largest experiment in mass remote-working in history,” more than half of businesses have accelerated automation in response to the crisis. Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, the path to economic opportunity in the United States was, in many ways, less clear than ever as workers’ careers have taken increasingly non-traditional routes with technology carving new tracks and creating new ways of working. Keep reading

AI helps students find financial aid for college (eCampus News)

March 4, 2020—Thousands of high school students in Washington will have a new ally in the financial aid application process, thanks to the rollout of an AI chatbot named “Otter.” Launched by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), Otter uses conversational AI, familiar to students from popular consumer websites, to provide proactive, personalized guidance to students as they navigate the complexity of college financial aid and enrollment. Keep reading

Washington State Achievement Council Introduces financial aid application toolkit (KBKW)

February 28, 2020—WSAC has developed a new toolkit of resources to help educators and other supporters encourage students to complete a FAFSA or WASFA financial aid application. The toolkit contains a variety of promotional materials [including] information about Otterbot, a free texting service designed to help Washington high school seniors navigate financial aid for college and career education. Keep reading

Washington State Taps the Power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Help High School Students Find Aid for College (PR Newswire)

February 11, 2020—Thousands of high school students in Washington will have a new ally in the financial aid application process, thanks to the rollout of an AI chatbot named "Otter." Developed by AdmitHub and launched by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), Otter utilizes conversational AI, familiar to students from popular consumer websites, to provide proactive, personalized guidance to students as they navigate the complexity of college financial aid and enrollment. Keep reading

Will nudges help more Washington high school students get financial aid? (Education Dive)

February 11, 2020—The new program aims to get more high school students in Washington to apply for and receive federal and state financial aid. The state is currently ranked 39th in the nation for its share of high school seniors — around one-third — who've completed the FAFSA, potentially leaving millions of aid dollars on the table. Keep reading

AI-powered ‘Otterbot’ chatbot helps students navigate choppy waters of financial aid applications (GeekWire)

February 11, 2020—A new Washington state initiative will harness artificial intelligence to make sure high school graduates get the chance to boost their own smarts. Otterbot is a free, AI-powered texting service that can help high school seniors apply for financial aid that covers tuition and fees for college and other training. Keep reading