Questeq looks for many ways to help our customer sites and community. We partnered with a special program this year called The Challenge Program. The Challenge Program has a unique mission of connecting businesses with students, to motivate them to develop solid work habits required to succeed in school and in their future careers. When Questeq became a partner, we chose to work with one of our long-time customer sites, Beaver County Career & Technology Center in Monaca, PA. Jeff Main, Questeq’s CEO, and I participated in 6 assemblies back in September 2016. We demonstrated how students could win monetary prizes if they followed the core principals of The Challenge Program. These principals are Attendance, STEM, Community Service, Academic Improvement and Academic Excellence. Students who achieve in these categories receive cash prizes at the end of the year. There is also one monetary award of $1,000.00 given to the Student of the Year. Students in every district participating in The Challenge Program compete to be named Student of the Year.
Recently we learned that one of the BCCTC students accepted the challenge, focused on the grand prize and in the end, won the 2017 Student of the Year award!
This award is given to a student who shares their story about how The Challenge Program changed their outlook, behavior and attitude. They also need to explain how the business partner helped them overcome obstacles to begin a positive path to a better future. This award is given at a special event called the Crystal Owl Gala. I attended this gala at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall on April 27, 2017. The BCCTC student was one of the 3 finalists competing for the award. I was overwhelmed with emotion when he was chosen as the 2017 Student of the Year! Sitting with his family and school administrators was a proud moment for me in my 20 years with Questeq. To see how we made a difference in this young man’s life is what makes me love our company and what we do to help our community!
We wrote about our involvement with The Challenge Program earlier this year. You can read The Challenge Program’s official press release here.
On Sunday, April 30 2017, Questeq will be participating in the March of Dimes – March for Babies. The march will take place at Heinz Field (100 Art Rooney Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212). Registration begins at 8:30am, with the 3.1-mile walk beginning at 9:30am.
Follow the link below if you are interested in making a donation or participating in the walk.
We hope to see you there!
Pictured from left to right: Jessica Azur, Questeq Director of Business Administration; Jeff Main, Questeq CEO; Rodney Davis, Questeq Technology Coordinator @ BCCTC; Laura DelVecchio, BCCTC Assistant Administrative Director
The Challenge Program was presented to Questeq over the summer by Joe Oliphant. We were very excited about the opportunity to work with our partner school, the Beaver County Career & Technology Center. Our first event was an interactive assembly for the students at BCCTC and I was really not sure what to expect. The assembly script given to us a month prior to the October kick-off date outlined the format and content of the upcoming presentations. It was an interesting concept but as the kick-off assembly drew closer, I was beginning to worry that the students would not be engaged during the presentation.
On assembly day, we were pleasantly surprised how interactive the students were and how interested they became in the program after each presentation. We participated in six assemblies over the course of the day with over 100 students and faculty members in each session. I enjoyed the chance to work with Questeq’s CEO, Jeff Main on this project. We have the unique dynamic of working together as a brother and sister in our family owned business. While we have been working together for over 15 years, this was the first time we worked together as a team with students in a school setting. Jeff took part in the first half of the assemblies and I presented the second half. During the presentations we explained who we are as Questeq and why we partnered with The Challenge Program. We then were joined by seven student volunteers and Mr. Oliphant for a 25-minute skit. The skit showed how the students could successfully complete The Challenge and stay in the race over the course of the year to win $200.00 prizes and a $1,000.00 prize.
In the end, the students had fun and were motivated to win The Challenge at the end of the school year. We are really excited to present the checks to the winners in the Spring and Fall of 2017 and congratulate them on their achievements!
You can learn more about our partnership with BCCTC and The Challenge Program here. The Beaver County Times also wrote an article about the assembly and program here.
As a breast cancer survivor, I work with a charity very near and dear to my heart called Blessed Bag. The charity was created in 2014 by Kristina Azur Mete after seeing the difficult journey that cancer patients travel in the battle for their lives. There are two types of Blessed Bags, one for adults and one for children. They contain comfort items to help anyone going through a difficult health issue.
Since 2014, the charity has given out over 500 bags nationally. Most recently, a bag was given to a mother of one of our Questeq team members, who was featured in this newspaper article.
If you know someone going through a health battle and would like to give them some comfort and a smile, please contact us with your request for a Blessed Bag.
The charity is currently in need of more bags to share with deserving individuals. If you would like to donate, please click here: http://blessedbag.org/donate.html
The owners of Questeq have graciously agreed to participate in a Questeq charity drive with Blessed Bag. For every dollar donated from a Questeq employee, Questeq will match the donation. At the end of November, Questeq will match dollar-for-dollar the money donated by Questeq employees!
Remember, if you know someone in need of a Blessed Bag, just contact us and I will send one out, no charge at all!
Questeq is proud to partner with our customer, Beaver County Career & Technology Center (BCCTC), to bring The Challenge Program to students in 2016-17. We will be coordinating and participating in several events at BCCTC throughout the school year, starting with several kick-off assemblies on October 25th.
The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission is to build sustainable Business/Education partnerships while introducing students to careers in their communities. At Questeq, we believe that strong partnerships are vital to providing the best possible service and outcomes for our customer districts, their teachers and students.
Students who participate in The Challenge Program will have the opportunity to develop successful habits in several areas including attendance, STEM, community service, academic improvement and academic excellence. In addition, the students will participate with Questeq in programs designed to foster good employment habits and workforce readiness.
We will continue to support BCCTC along with the rest of our customers to help students succeed in college and career. Check back for more updates on this partnership throughout the school year.