ProctorU, an online proctoring company founded in Hoover in 2008, recently announced plans to expand its service and hire more employees in Hoover and California. (Contributed)
ProctorU, an online proctoring company founded in Hoover in 2008, recently announced plans to expand its service and hire more employees in Hoover and California. (Contributed)

Online proctoring company announces expansion

Published 1:45pm Tuesday, January 14, 2014

By CASSANDRA MICKENS / Associate Editor

HOOVER — ProctorU, an online proctoring company founded in Hoover in 2008, recently announced plans to expand its service and hire more employees in Hoover and California.

ProctorU, founded out of Andrew Jackson University by Don Kassner and Jarrod Morgan, will move and expand its offices in Hoover and Livermore, Calif., by this summer, said Proctor U spokeswoman Stephanie Petelos.

The Hoover office, a 4,000-square-foot space located in the Riverchase Center office complex, will move to a 12,000-square-foot space in the Riverchase Center, Petelos said. The Hoover office currently employs about 95 people.

“Once we make our move, we’ll be hiring 60-plus people,” Petelos said.

ProctorU employees monitor students as they take tests online, using computers, webcams, high-speed Internet and software that secures the integrity of the test-taking process. The company’s clients include certification and training, integrated partners and higher education institutions, among them the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Alabama, Troy University, the University of Florida and Texas A&M University.

Petelos said ProctorU is currently adding 15 to 20 people to its Hoover staff, mostly proctors who greet, assist and monitor test-takers.  “At ProctorU, we use humans to monitor exams, not robots or expensive gadgets,” the company’s website reads.

“We literally cannot hire people fast enough. There are so many new [clients] coming on,” Petelos said.

ProctorU has more than 250 employees and 450 clients nationwide. The company’s Livermore, Calif., office, which opened in 2011 and houses more than 100 employees, will move from a 3,200-square-foot space to a 10,000-square-foot space.  A third office holding 50 employees opened last year in Folsom, Calif.

Petelos said ProctorU fosters a laid back work atmosphere to counter the seriousness of test-taking.

“It’s a welcoming, fun and unique environment,” Petelos said. “There are no heels or business suits in the office ever.”

For more information about ProctorU jobs, visit proclife.com.

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