Originally published by Bizjournals.com

San Antonio-based Project Quest, a local nonprofit that connects adults with educational tracks for the health and technology industries, had another 150 students graduate its most recent cohort on Dec. 19.

Project Quest was created to train manufacturing industry workers in the early 1990s and has worked with more than 6,000 job seekers since its inception. Project Quest covers the tuition for many Open Cloud Academy students, the cloud computing training center created by Rackspace Hosting Inc., which began a cybersecurity track as its newest cohort. On average, less than 5 percent of Project Quest’s students have earned a college degree before entering the program.

About half of the new graduates entering the local workforce this week are trained in the technology sector, which includes 26 individuals in cybersecurity, 12 new full stack software developers and more than a dozen others in network operations and linux systems administration.

The largest single training track was still nursing, with 55 registered nurses and 31 licensed vocational nurses graduating this year.

David Zammiello, a former USAA vice president, is the executive director at Project Quest. He told the Business Journal previously that the organization is moving in a new direction and seeking to foster more private sector partnerships and customize courses for businesses looking for niche skills in technology.

Project Quest worked with many students who were attending now-defunct vocational schools in San Antonio like Career Point and ITTechnical Institute.

During fiscal 2016, the average Project Quest student began the programing earning roughly $11,000 and many increased salaries to about $42,000 after completion of higher education, according to the organization.