CINCINNATIMarch 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — At a time when our nation’s colleges are under intense scrutiny, Making College Count is an empowering voice that will help students excel in college and create great career opportunities. The college success book offers a proven framework for achievement within the classroom, extracurricular activities, and work experiences. The college success book also positions students for success in their job searches.

“College Parents of America provides parents and students with the relevant information and resources to guide students through preparation, transition, adjustment and completion of college. Mr. O’Brien’s book is an excellent tool in helping us meet our commitment to our members,” states Bob Soza, Chairman of College Parents of America.

Making College Count is available at and in retail bookstores. It is a must-read for college parents and students and is an ideal high school graduation gift.

O’Brien is the co-founder of Making It Count, which has delivered success presentations to more than 23 million students. He has served as a Tribune Media Services syndicated columnist and as CEO of He has consulted for PricewaterhouseCoopers on recruiting and spoken at more than 500 colleges and high schools. The original book was featured in USA TodayThe Chicago Tribune, the Newsweek Kaplan How to Get into College Guide, on CBS, MSNBC, and CNNfn. O’Brien gained insights for this second edition as a division president for and through teaching at Miami University for the past decade.

College Parents of America is the nation’s only membership organization of current and future college parents. The organization provides its members with valuable and unique benefits, including admissions resources, scholarships, health and tuition insurance, and identity theft services. For more information, visit or call 888-761-6702.