Success Stories

Chad Paalman knows how rapidly the IT field continues to change. That’s why he serves on the Career Quest Curriculum Advisory Board.
Even as a child, Crystal Meadows knew what she wanted to do when she grew up: “My whole life, I’ve wanted to make people feel better.” She just didn’t know how. So she worked in gas stations, fast food restaurants and other service jobs that left her unfulfilled. Then a friend and graduate of Career Quest urged Crystal to go back to school.   
Jessica is like many students who want to move up in the world but can’t just quit everything in life to go back to school full-time. She’s busy with full-time work in the memory care unit of an assisted living facility. She also has three small children to care for, a full load!
Wendy found herself working in the retail market and feeling unfulfilled. She didn’t want to spend the rest of her life in a store, so she made the brave decision to go after something bigger. She knew that going back to school was the way to get there.
Mary Stucko knows how well prepared Career Quest graduates are — she’s worked with them for four years.
Tammi Oberlin was a successful business person when she decided she just wasn’t happy in her job and wanted to do something she really loved. She had been in sales and even ran a salon business but she had been putting off a dream. It was time to take up that dream and pursue her goal of working in Healthcare.  
Megan Steele started her Career Quest education in data entry, something entirely new to her. She was able to take classes in the morning and then work in the afternoon. She recently completed an externship arranged by Career Quest in the office of a local insurance company. This valuable job experience gave her the confidence she needed to know she can succeed in the workplace.
Kathy Barton had to give up a career she loved due to job injury when she decided to try Career Quest to return to doing something meaningful in her work. She had been a prison guard at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry, a maximum security penitentiary for the criminally insane.
Sierra’s success story begins with two smart moves: moving back to the Great Lakes State and choosing Career Quest.   
Like many Career Quest students, Chad wanted to improve his life and that of his family. Working 40 hours a week as a cook and with a young daughter, he knew that he needed more education to get ahead. He learned about Career Quest from a friend who had graduated from the Information Technology program. Chad was impressed at how much his friend knew about computers, even networking.