Project Quest Inc

Rating: 4.91 stars   32 reviews

Issues: Job Training

Location: 301 S Frio St Ste 400 San Antonio TX 78207 USA

Mission:

The mission of Project QUEST is to demonstrate the social and economic benefits that can be achieved through investments in long-term training for those who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Specifically, Project QUEST, Inc. defines the skills required to succeed in targeted, hard-to-fill occupations and then recruits, trains and develops adults so that they are qualified and ready to fill employers'' needs for skilled workers.


Programs: The City of San Antonio, the seventh largest city in the country, and its surrounding area has a large population of under-educated, under-skilled adults who lack the resources and support system necessary to obtain a marketable skill. Per the U. S. Census Bureau, one-quarter of San Antonio residents age 25 and over do not have a high school diploma, and an additional 24.2 percent has only a high school diploma or GED. This is above the national avearge of 43% of adults in the county who have no education beyond high school. At the same time, the Monthly Labor Review reported in November 2006 that 24 of the 30 fastest growing occupations require post secondary credentials. This gap in educational skills is a huge barrier for many individuals, forcing them to remain at the bottom of the labor chain and negating any chance at career advancement. Project QUEST seeks to help bridge this gap by providing participants with a comprehensive array of educational and occupational training services, the type needed to compete for quality, long-term employment in today's workforce.Project QUEST services include outreach and recruitment, comprehensive applicant assessment, educational enhancement programs, occupational skills training, job search and placement, and case management services. Outreach and recruitment occurs at various community centers throughout San Antonio and informs residents about the advantages of comprehensive skills training. Community partners such as Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS), Metro Alliance, and other social service agencies help Project QUEST staff organize recruitment fairs and career fairs to reach individuals and families in need of training opportunities. The enrollment process begins with an orientation and comprehensive skill assessment to help applicants establish a career path and determine their academic competencies for training. Project QUEST staff conduct program orientations at various locations throughout San Antonio. Orientation is a brief presentation of the history, objectives and accomplishments of Project QUEST, and it informs applicants about their responsibilities as a participant. Applicants are also required to complete two exams: the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education), which determines their basic academic aptitude, and the SAGE (System for Assessment and Group Evaluation), which establishes an employment interest inventory. Project QUEST staff utilizes both the TABE and SAGE to determine an applicant?s training competency as well as a plan for enrollment.As a workforce development program, Project QUEST is unique because it first defines the skills required to succeed in targeted, high-demand occupations, then recruits, trains and develops individuals so that they are qualified and ready for immediate employment. Labor market research and information obtained from employers such as wage rates, availability of benefits and career mobility potential help determine the training programs offered. This approach helps improve participant success rates both during training and at job placement. In addition, by conducting exploratory interviews with industry leaders and professional organizations Project QUEST is able to project employment opportunities and career stability. Most participants receive their academic instruction and occupational training services from colleges within the Alamo Community College District, ensuring quality educational services and establishing a sound framework upon which participants can advance their education or training after leaving Project QUEST. Currently, Project QUEST offers training in industries such as Healthcare, Information Technology, and Business Services. Specialized training is available upon demand from employers or the availability of special funding. Most training is in nursing and the allied health fields.All Project QUEST participants receive intense training on workplace soft skills
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I work closely with Kenitra Walker, the Volunteer/Food Pantry Coordinator at the Quest Center as a pantry volunteer. She treats me and everyone who comes in the office with kindness, respect, and compassion. My working here has been a very pleasant experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, caring, and courteous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide more services and financial assistance to the needy on a larger scale.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I was welcome by Kanitra Walker. She is very pleasant and so, helpful. She answers any question that I have. All is organized well. All the people there are very friendly. Kanitra has stated, that I can work any hours. I enjoy working with people and get to see these special families. Thank you, Janie Diaz

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have the time to help others and this is something that I wanted to help. Everyone is willing to help when needed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

very greatful for help from this office & Ms walker. I'm a senior lost job in April '09 and was in need of food and job. MS Walker has been very kind and generous. I have tried to call the city numbers for help, but they just say they will call you back and never do. I have no family in San Antonio, so this really helps me. Hopefully I will find work soon. Thank you so much.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Became aware of the services of this location and how myself and others can get help, if we just look and ask for it. There are a few times in our lifes when we need help and so bless this place for being here and bless Ms Walker.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide help for seniors to and others with transportation if needed. So, you could give the center a Van.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I was impresed with the dedication and effort of the Volunteer Coordinator Kenitra Walker who directed the center. It is located in the community it serves. It is unfortunate that in the US these types of organizations are needed. While we were there it was clear that many people recieve needed food from this facility. The staff was diligent in coordinating the volunteers. Impressive.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excelent

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I found project quest on the united way website while attempting to find a nonprofit organization for my office to volunteer. Many people focus on the larger organizations. When I researched project quest I was amazed at how much this small staff of two provides for their community; from providing food, tax assistance and even financial assistance. They are amazing. Hearing the stories of how they have helped the community from all walks of life from infants to seniors. I know I was touched. What people don't realize is how these organizations have to be prepared to be counselors as well. Some will be overjoyed while others to embarrassed to talk. My advice, to those in need, is to open up to the staff tell them what you need and I assure you the angels will provide. Life is ever-changing; if pressures have you down just wait them out. That is why these programs are made available. Great staff and my office has decided to sponsor this organization for all future volunteer efforts whether it be individually or as a team again.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

100% caring professionals. I could tell from the expressions on my point of contact Ms. Kenitra Walker she truely cared for the program and the community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand. Currently due to the demand they are about to limit their service to a particular zip code. If the organization expanded it could service several zip codes or maybe even a couple per location.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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