Mission: To strengthen the economy with highly qualified employees for in-demand, living wage careers.
Vision Statement: Project Quest is a critical economic development resource that:
Understands and meets current and emerging employer work force needs.
Provides comprehensive support and resources to program participants to achieve long term employment.
Facilitates collaboration with other workforce development stakeholders.
As a winner of a 1995 Innovations Award from the Ford Foundation and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Project QUEST remains a national role model among job training programs because of its ties to businesses and community-based organizations. Organizations from other Texas communities, other states, the United Kingdom and Singapore have found Project QUEST to be a valid inspiration and benchmark entity for their economic and workforce development efforts.
QUEST was honored as a 2003 winner of The Enterprise Foundation and The J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation Award for Excellence in Workforce Development. This award recognizes nonprofit job training and placement organizations across the country that are using best practices to effectively help individuals find and retain quality jobs. In 2008, QUEST was among a select group of workforce development organizations to receive workforce grants from the US Department of Labor, and QUEST continues to leverage the recognition of their excellence from a growing number of private organizations who share QUEST’s vision for greater community involvement in the innovation and development of education and workforce preparation initiatives.
To date QUEST has served 6,000 adults with a high graduation rate of 80%, a 86% job placement and 90% retention rate. Participants make on average $10,000 a year before entering QUEST and after graduation they make average $40,000 the first year.
In 2014, QUEST served 1059 participants with 340 graduates that represented 29 demand occupations ranging from Healthcare to Information Technology to Professional Trades. The average starting wage was $22/hour.
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