February Pick of the Bunch Winners

IT Instructor Tim Mastie and Administrative Assistant Sara Carpenter have been chosen the February recipients of the Career Quest Learning Centers pick-of-the-bunch award. The award acknowledges students, staff and faculty who have made a significant impact for the greater good at Career Quest Learning Centers and in the lives of others. At Career Quest Learning Centers, we’re proud of our whole team, and especially of Tim and Sara at our Jackson campus.

Tim is passionate about computers –always has been.

“Computers have always been my thing,” said Tim, “even when I was a little guy. When I was 10 years old, I’d be playing with them at my Grandpa’s.”

Working on computers is what Tim loves to do and apparently it’s infectious.

“I think my enthusiasm is something my students pick up on,” said Tim. “They know I’m doing what I love and I feel like if we all get to make a career out of it, all the better.”

Tim has been an instructor at Career Quest Learning Centers for a year and a half, but he started first as a Career Quest Learning Centers student.

“I guess they consider me one of their success stories,” said Tim.

After he finished his program he was invited to teach a couple of classes.

“A couple of classes turned into a couple more than then even more,” said Tim. “Todd [Brewer, School Director] even asked me to work on curriculum review.”

While Tim says he was honored and surprised to receive the pick-of-the-bunch award, he acknowledges that he probably has some good ideas about how to run a classroom. He says his classroom “is all about inclusion,” and he encourages students to learn from one another.

And the students must like his ideas –because they keep coming back.

“They stick with me several terms and some of my students have perfect attendance,” said Tim. “I get to know them very well and understand their strengths and weaknesses.”

Tim says he knows how to help them succeed. Maybe that’s because he’s seen his own success at Career Quest Learning Centers.

“I know it works,” said Tim, “because it worked for me.”

Sara Carpenter has only been working as an administrative assistant at Career Quest Learning Centers for a few months, but she’s already made quite an impression.

“Sara’s always willing to take on extra responsibility,” said her supervisor Director of Admissions Evan Jones. “She has a great smile for the students and a positive attitude toward her work.

Maybe that’s because Sara likes her work.

“I love working here,” said Sara. “The students are great and so are the people I work with.”

Sara started at Career Quest Learning Centers as a temp, but her great work ethic was soon rewarded with a full time position last September.

Often called on to be a jack-of-all-trades, Sara says she works across departments, but especially enjoys working with students.

“I help them with whatever they need,” said Sara.

Saying that students sometimes feel overwhelmed, Sara says she helps them navigate their campus experience. She shows them the ropes of scheduling, using the student portal, “and anything they’re having trouble with.”

Sara was really surprised when she was tapped for the pick-of-the-bunch award. She says she is so happy to have a great job working with great people.

“I really appreciate everyone here,” said Sara, and she’s happy to know she’s appreciated, in turn.

At Career Quest Learning Centers, we know our staff and instructors are the reason our programs help our students achieve such success. If you’re interested in getting career training in an environment where people really care about the students, check out Career Quest Learning Centers today!


“I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll be successful. CQ has equipped me with the knowledge that I need."


“My grandson is in third grade. I’m proud that I can be an example to him. I have pride in what I’ve been able to accomplish – Career Quest has given me all that and then some.”