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

My Aunt told me about the program when I was going thru a divorce and struggling with keeping my home from foreclosure, paying the bills and taking care of my family. Project QUEST selected me for training and after graduating I became employed within 30 days which doubled my income. I today know how much Project QUEST changed my life, my children's lives and today can see the impact it has made in the lives of my grandchildren. I also still own my home and my appreciation for this program is immeasurable. Thank you Project QUEST staff and for all those that make this opportunity available to those like me.

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

it would change thousands more lives of children in San Antonio. Expanding and delivering more opportunities thru the local colleges would greatly impact the lives of our children as QUEST would be transforming adult lives becoming self sufficient.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Through Project Quest, I was able to finish nursing school instead of adding the stress of working and trying to study for my classes. They paid for my tuition, books, and fees to take the state board. I was given extra study aids that helped me with my studies. The counselors and staff are so nice and helpful. They really care about you and help you keep your morale up. They taught me to do a better resume and helped work on my interviewing skills. I don't know where I would be by now if it hadn't been for Project Quest.

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

Achieving my Associates Degree in Nursing.

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

I was one of many student volunteers to go to city hall and send an email to my district mayor to help fund Project Quest for the 2010 budget.

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

very friendly and caring. Whatever you needed, they were always available to help you. They encouraged you, cheered for you, and was able to help motivate you when you felt like giving up. Our successes and disappointments were theirs.

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

help more individuals reach their goals so that they can be an asset to their families and the community. Many people can change their lives for the better with more funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I first saw the flyers for Project Quest at my local library. My first thought was that it was too good to be true and that there must be a catch. I ignored it for about three years, until I decided to call them to see what it was about. I went to one of their orientation sessions and it was all real, it was a city organization that wanted to help people get trained in skilled jobs. I applied, qualified and now I am going to school. They have really helped me achieve my goals by taking care of the economic aspect of my education. They have helped me with books, tuition, career counseling and most importantly with moral support.

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

receiving the economic help they had promissed in a timely manner.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

advertize on t.v.

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

they took a load off my back by paying for my tuition and books.

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

nice and they really care about the students.

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

help more people in San Antonio.

Ways to make it better...

they are great at what they do, they just need more money to help more people.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the lack of funds and staff.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it didn't cost anything to apply and it only took about two weeks for them to do my paperwork.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I found out about Project Quest during the SAC Nursing Program orientation. I did not apply for assistance at that time because my family is not considered "low income". I applied during the "Bring a Buddy" promotion because a classmate told me she had qualified even though she is not considered "low income". What a shock it was for me when I found out Project Quest was going to help me with partial tuition and books. In this day when the economy is so bad, it is a relief that this organization is willing to help so many individuals. I constantly recommend this program to all new students I encounter. It's a great program with access to lots of resources for those in need.

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

getting much needed assistance with tuition, books, uniforms, and nursing school supplies.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

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

the fact that I don't have to worry about coming up with all the tuition every semester.

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

kind, supportive, and understanding.

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

really make a difference in so many lives.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't have to work. I would love to attend some of the functions this organization promotes to help other individuals.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

none it can't handle.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm very happy and grateful to be associated with Project Quest. It has been and continues to be a blessing. It gives me less to worry about.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This year the food pantry has helped my family and I through this year since I lost my job in July 09 and have sought to further my education. Because we have had to live on one income, we have had to seek out other ways to meet our needs. The food pantry has been a great blessing and helping fulfill thoses needs and giving my family peace of mind. I must mention the kindness of the workers. The efforts should be commended.

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

the friendly people and I don't feel they need to change anything they are doing a great job!

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

kind and have been a great blessing for my family and I.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Project Quest has been very helpful to me. Through Project Quest I have been able to stay in college as they are helping me with tuition and book assistance. They also go the extra mile and help me with food. They really try to help in every way possible to help students succeed.

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

My struggle to stay in school.

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

Very helpful and kind.

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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