Originally published by AT&T

The AT&T Foundation today announced a $50,000 grant to Project QUEST to further its mission of serving both the community and local businesses through skill training and job preparation. Project QUEST provides employer research, employee training and community development in San Antonio.

Project QUEST also works with local businesses to analyze the skills that they are looking for in employees. QUEST staff members use the information to customize training courses to meet strict industry requirements, resulting in qualified, motivated employees who possess the skills that are required in order to succeed in today’s workforce. QUEST trainees are also provided with support services and counseling that help them develop life skills and job readiness, which promote personal growth. Their extensive training leads to a more attractive workforce for businesses prompting new industrial and business enterprises. This, in turn, leads to a better quality of life for the city’s residents.

“Project QUEST is winning statewide and national attention as a model for local workforce development efforts,” said Mary Peña, Project QUEST executive director. “The success of this program lies in our ability to match the needs of San Antonio-area businesses with the training of local residents for these jobs. The participants of this program are people who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.”

“One of the goals of Project QUEST is to provide individuals with the skills they need for long-term employment so that they can become a permanent part of a productive workforce,” said state Rep. Jose Menendez. “We are always looking for ways to increase the effectiveness of our community organizations, and this grant will help us do that.”

Project QUEST applied for the grant to upgrade its technology equipment so that they could better assist the underserved residents in San Antonio communities. The employees, staff and students have been using the same computers since 1999.

“Project QUEST benefits not only the workers but also employers and the community,” said Councilwoman Patti Radle. “A skilled workforce enhances economic growth for San Antonio. This grant will help the organization reach its many audiences.”

“This program does so much for the residents of San Antonio,” said Doug Heath, AT&T executive director of External Affairs. “As an employer, we know the importance of a qualified labor pool, and we are grateful that this important job-training resource is available in the local community. We also want to thank Councilwoman Radle and state Representative Jose Menendez for their support of this program. Without the support of local and state government, many San Antonio residents would be facing a very uncertain future.”