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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.

 


Shykim Lynum looks for guidance from a fellow classmate as she learns to navigate her iPadDuring 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 Students Participating # of Students who retook
TABE Assessment
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
45 75%

 

 

TechQuest II
Dates # of Students Participating # of Students who retook
TABE Assessment
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
18 75%

 

 

TechQuest III
Dates # of Students Participating # of Students who retook
TABE Assessment
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
21 75%

 

 

TechQuest IV - Bradford County
Dates # of Students Participating # of Students who retook
TABE Assessment
Increase in Reading,
Math or Both
Score neither increased
or decreased
01/26/13 - 02/23/13 28 27 70.40% 18.50%
Graduation Data
# of Course Completers Percentage
28 100%

 

 

TechQuest V
Dates # of Students Participating # of Students who retook
TABE Assessment
Increase in Reading,
Math or Both
Score neither increased
or decreased
02/20/13 - 03/20-13 31 16 62.50% 6.25%
Graduation Data
# of Course Completers Percentage
28 90%

 

The TechQuest class enjoy their final get together at their graduation bar-b-que

TechQuest in the Media:

TechQuest Program Empowers Students with Tools to Succeed - Gainesville Sun

Youth Graduate From TechQuest - FloridaWorks Newsletter

High School Students Complete TechQuest Entrepreneurship Training - Alachua County Today

Santa Fe CIED Newsletter June/July 2011 - Santa Fe College CIED Newsletter

TechQuest: Entrepreneurship Training for Youth - Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Santa Fe and TechQuest Entrepreneurship Training for Youth - Santa Fe College

Technology Spotlight 5/10/11: TechQuest - WCJB TV20