Gainesville, Fla. (April 22, 2016) Out-of-school youth have a new opportunity to earn college credit and a tablet courtesy of a new program coming to Bradford County called TechQuest.
TechQuest is a four-week entrepreneurship and technology training program for out-of-school youth between the ages of 16 and 24 years old offered by CareerSource North Central Florida and the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation & Economic Development (CIED).
“TechQuest has had a long, successful track record of helping youth who feel disenfranchised become engaged with successful role models and develop a steady source of income,” said Patricia Evans, Starke resident and Vice Chair of the CareerSource North Central Florida board of directors. “We’re excited to empower youth who have dropped out, have criminal records, or other barriers to employment with the skills and tools they need to market themselves to an employer or enter the community as an entrepreneur.”
The program is available to Bradford County youth who are no longer enrolled in school but are looking for assistance obtaining a GED, entrance into postsecondary education, or employment. Youth with barriers to employment, such as past criminal records or who are low-income among other barriers, are eligible to participate.
The course curriculum will cover topics like branding, technology, and financial literacy. Some classes will feature guest speakers, like successful entrepreneurs and community leaders, who will introduce themselves to participants,, share personal stories of growth and success, and discuss their individual inventions or companies.
At the end of the program, students are provided with tablets to help practice the skills they’ve acquired and stay in touch with their mentors. This year, Santa Fe College will also grant participants college credit for their participation upon completion.
Classes are held at the Santa Fe College Andrews Center at 209 West Call Street Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, May 10 and ending Thursday, June 2. The last day to apply to participate is Monday, May 2 at 5 p.m.
For more information or to apply, call (904) 964-8092 to schedule an appointment with Erika Wheeler or visit the Starke career center at 819 S. Walnut Street. More information is also available at www.careersourcencfl.com/job-seekers/programs/techquest.