ECMC Innovation Lab works to fundamentally change the experience around student loans and higher education and drives forward ECMC’s mission to help students succeed by improving the field from the inside out.
We are a small, 8-person team (currently at 6 women and 2 men) located in Mount Vernon/Chinatown area of Washington, DC. We have been in existence for about 2 years and have recently launched College Ábaco and Pell Ábaco, both Spanish-language versions of our well-received College Abacus and Pell Abacus tools.
We have also worked with the Zenith schools to redesign the conversation around financial aid, providing prospective students clear, engaging information as well as timely financial literacy at the right moment. This work has been rolled out across the country with early results showing a 30% decrease in students maxing out their loans.
We use the human-centered design process to imagine and build technology to solve real problems for students, making higher education that much more attainable.
In addition to working on great products and projects, employees are supported through ECMC benefits with $10,000 per year towards education, and in-Lab support for expansion of our knowledge, skills, and talents.
Our core values are:
- The student always comes first
- Be kind
- Get out of your comfort zone
- Make it simpler
- Communicate honestly and directly
- Have passion
- Be proud of your work
We hire both on a technical capacity as well as to match our values.