TechQuest


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.

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.

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.

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

Techquest I wrapped on May 17, 2011 with a graduation ceremony at Gainesville Technical Entreprise Center’s 10-year anniversary celebration.

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

TechQuest II wrapped on December 14, 2011.

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

TechQuest III wrapped on May 2, 2012.

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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