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!
After three years of using Questeq for augmented technology services, the ACLD Tillotson School is expanding their partnership with Questeq to include full Educational Technology Management (ETM) services. This expanded partnership will provide management of the entire technology department with the addition of an onsite Technology Coordinator. The newly approved plan begins with investments in infrastructure and applications designed to meet the specialized needs of their students.
ACLD Tillotson School, located in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, services children who have autism, specific learning disabilities and other various diagnoses from thirty different school districts and one charter school. The school provides an elementary, middle and high school special education program for students who range in age from seven through twenty-one.
Questeq plans to build upon the current successes at ACLD Tillotson School by providing a high level of support and continuous technology innovation. We look forward to our ongoing and expanded partnership with the ACLD Tillotson School.