TechQuest

Tech Quest Kicks Off May 16, 2017

TechQuest is a four-week training seminar on technology and its evolving role in entrepreneurship development aim at youth and young adults ages 16-24 years old. The program pairs young individuals with experienced local entrepreneurs and business executives who guide participants through the business formation process.

When is Tech Quest?

The Gainesville 2017 edition of Tech Quest kicks off Tuesday, May 16th at 2 p.m.

Sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. May 16 through June 8. The complete list of sessions is below.

Tuesday, May 16: Introduction – Welcome and Program Overview

Thursday, May 18: Understanding Your Company

Tuesday, May 23th: Understanding Your Market

Thursday, May 25: Understanding Your Delivery System

Tuesday, May 30: Understanding Your Finances (Part I)

Thursday, June 1: Understanding Your Finances (Part II)

Tuesday, June 6: Putting it All Together

Thursday, June 8: Presentations & Closing

Who runs Tech Quest? Where is it hosted?

TechQuest is provided by a collaboration between CareerSource North Central Florida and Santa Fe College.

The program is hosted at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation & Economic Development at 530 W University Ave in downtown Gainesville. If you need assistance securing transportation or support for transportation, let your staffing specialist know.

Residents of Alachua or Bradford counties who meet the eligibility criteria below may apply.

How to Apply

If you are already enrolled in CareerSource NCFL’s WIOA Youth & Young Adults Program, simply ask your staffing specialist if you can enroll.

Contact Evelyn Cruz at (352) 244-5653 or email her at ecruz@careersourcencfl.com by May 10. 

If you or someone you know is between the ages of 16 and 24 and not currently enrolled in school, he or she may be eligible for TechQuest with funding from WIOA Youth. To qualify, the individual must be the following:

  • Member of a low-income family or an individual who is a low-income youth with a disability
  • Have one or more of the following barriers:
    • A school dropout
    • Deficient in basic literacy skills
    • Homeless, runaway, or foster child
    • Pregnant or parenting
    • An offender
    • Require additional assistance to complete an educational program, or to secure and hold employment.

To apply for Tech Quest, visit your nearest career center. Please bring the following with you:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Photo ID
  • Proof of household income for the last 6 months or proof of food stamps and/or cash assistance
  • Males over the age of 18, born on or after January 1, 1960, must be registered with the Selective Service at www.sss.gov

History

CareerSource NCFL (formerly FloridaWorks), Santa Fe College CIED, and David Massias, CEO of New Business Ventures, provided 42 high school students with an eight-week training seminar on technology and its evolving role in entrepreneurship development in TechQuest I.

During the course of this training, successful entrepreneurs, chief executive officers and community leaders introduced themselves to the TechQuest youth, sharing personal stories of growth and success and discussing their individual invention and/or start-up companies. Discussion leaders featured Jamie Grooms, co-founder and former CEO of Regeneration Technologies and Axogen; Bryan Da Frota, CEO of Prioria Robotics, Inc.; Eric Buffkin, co-founder and president of eTect; Randy Scott, former CEO of Novamin Technology Inc., and many more.

Upon completion of the program, each student earned an iPad to enhance their communication, research, writing, technology and financial literacy skills; completed the application process with Santa Fe College; and participated in summer internship opportunities with local businesses and start-up companies.

The program ended on May 17, 2011 with a graduation ceremony at Gainesville Technical Entreprise Center’s 10-year anniversary celebration. TechQuest II ended on December 14, 2011 and TechQuest III ended on May 2, 2012.

Students took the TABE test prior to the program and were retested upon completion. The outcomes of the TABE retest and graduation rate are listed below.

TechQuest I

Dates # of Participants # of Students who retook TABE Increase in Reading, Math or Both Score neither increased or decreased
03/22/11 – 05/10/11 60 38 74% 10%

Graduation Data

# of Course Completers Percentage of Course Completers
45 75%

TechQuest II

Dates # of Participants # of Students who retook TABE Increase in Reading, Math or Both Score neither increased or decreased
09/28/11 – 12/14/11 24 14 71.43% 7.14%

Graduation Data

# of Course Completers Percentage of Course Completers
18 75%

TechQuest III

Dates # of Participants # of Students who retook TABE Increase in Reading, Math or Both Score neither increased or decreased
03/12/12 – 05/02/12 28 23 78% 26%

Graduation Data

# of Course Completers Percentage of Course Completers
21 75%

TechQuest IV – Bradford County

Dates # of Participants # of Students who retook TABE Increase in Reading, Math or Both Score neither increased or decreased
01/26/13 – 02/23/13 28 27 70.4% 18.5%

Graduation Data

# of Course Completers Percentage of Course Completers
28 100%

TechQuest V

Dates # of Participants # of Students who retook TABE Increase in Reading, Math or Both Score neither increased or decreased
02/20/13 – 03/20/13 31 16 62.5% 6.25%

Graduation Data

# of Course Completers Percentage of Course Completers
28 90%

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