Questeq is always looking for and investing in programs that engage and impact students, inside and outside of the classroom. This year, we were pleased to sponsor the 2017 Roberto Brain Health Challenge program. The program is “…the fun and revolutionary app from RC21X. You play a series of video games that challenge different parts of your brain. Memory, balance, decision making and reaction time all are included. Each session creates a detailed report that tells you how well your brain is performing.”
On June 14th, students from Moon Area, West Mifflin Area and Hopewell Area School Districts received cash prizes for participating in the spring challenge. Questeq CEO, Jeff Main, attended the Moon Area and West Mifflin Area scholarship ceremonies to present the awards to the students.
You can learn more about the Roberto Brain Health Challenge by visiting their website.
Click here to read about the challenge and scholarship recipients at Moon Area High School.
CEO, Jeff Main, presents award checks to Moon Area High School.
In addition to the Roberto Brain Health Challenge, Questeq recently awarded six, $1000.00 scholarships to graduating seniors attending postsecondary programs in the fall. We also were pleased to sponsor The Challenge Program for students at the Beaver County Career & Technology Center for the 2016-17 school year. Read about our sponsorship of The Challenge Program and the BCCTC student named Student of the Year.
At Questeq, we are dedicated to reinvesting back into our partner schools through sponsorships, scholarships and other beneficial student programs.
Two PA Schools to Begin Questeq Educational Technology Management Service (ETM) in July 2017
Two Bradford County, PA school districts, Sayre Area School District and Wyalusing Area School District, will begin three-year ETM contracts with Questeq in July 2017, beginning a partnership for the successful long-term management of each school’s technology program.
In July, the three-year plan in both districts will begin with right-sizing the technology department staff, enhancements to technical competencies, improvements in administrative and instructional application management, data integration, support and classroom innovation. But, while there are similarities in the two districts in plan start-up, district location and number of students, each of the solutions is customized to match the goals set by the leaders in the individual districts.
Questeq seeks to improve a school’s strategic use of technology, as it does now in over 30 PA schools. The company accomplishes this by becoming an integral part of each school’s culture, and then empowering each district to advance its use of technology.
Sayre Area School District is located in Bradford County and is very near the New York State line. The district spans a geographic area of 58 square miles and has an enrollment of approximately 1,070 students in grades K-12.
Wyalusing Area School District is also located in Bradford County and is a short drive south of Sayre Area SD. The district spans a geographic area of 273 square miles and has an enrollment of appropriately 1,300 students in grades K-12.
When powered by Questeq’s Educational Technology Management (ETM) service, schools experience a positive cultural change towards digital transformation. We right-size technology teams, provide highly reliable technology infrastructure and improve data management. Questeq then empowers curriculum with technology which ultimately drives innovation in the classroom. With Questeq, schools can focus on the core mission of education while achieving unparalleled value from their technology investments.
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!
Questeq Technology Director, Dave Charles has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Pittsburgh CIO of the Year Awards. As the Technology Director at North Hills, Dave is responsible for strategic IT planning and ultimate IT oversite, as well as the overall management of Questeq’s onsite technology staff. North Hills has been a valued Questeq partner since 2011.
Each year, the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group honors the region’s top information technology and information security executives at Pittsburgh CIO of the Year. The 2017 awards will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. You can learn more about the event here.
We congratulate Dave on this wonderful accomplishment, which is well deserved. Members of the Questeq leadership team will be at the event to celebrate this honor with him. Congratulations and good luck!