Who could possibly know better what Career Quest students need than a team of professionals who were once students themselves? That’s part of the new philosophy driving some positive change at our Jackson campus. And although not all our staff are Career Quest grads, we’re pretty proud of those who are!
Sara Joblonski became Campus Manager six months ago but she’s been a member of the Career Quest family a lot longer. She was a student back in 2010, became a teacher’s assistant, and then a teacher at Career Quest Learning Centers in 2012. And the enthusiasm that made her such a hit with her students is now infused into her work as manager.
“What we do here can really be life-changing for these students,” says Sara. “From the time they walk into school and meet with their admissions rep to the time they graduate, we see such a positive transformation. We’re changing lives one student at a time.”
Sara credits her team with much of what’s been happening on campus lately.
“Will Rupert has opened so many doors into the community,” says Sara.
Another former Career Quest student, Will is the Jackson Admissions Coordinator and Sara says he is super active with the students. He reaches out to them to help them find employment opportunities. He also contacts local businesses and brings those employers in to inform and recruit from the student body.
“He conducts a lot of community outreach and we’re also hosting a Career Fair next month,” says Sara.
Even the bright face that greets you when you come on campus is a Career Quest grad! Scott Meek is our Administrative Assistant and Sara calls him “a warm and welcoming presence of engaging positivity.”
Scott says that after a serious car accident left him unable to work in construction, he wanted to find a career in business. He knew his associate’s degree from Career Quest would be a great springboard, but he didn’t realize he’d find his career right at the school.
“Career Quest gave me the opportunity to show them what I could do and then they hired me,” says Scott. “I love the company. I love what we offer from the student’s point of view and now from an employee’s perspective. If it wasn’t for Career Quest, I wouldn’t be in the position I am now, loving what I do.”
As to the future of the Jackson campus, Sara says it’s all about community. First, the community right on campus, then farther out into Jackson.
According to Sara, the campus is abuzz with activity and “student involvement is upbeat, excited. There are lots of smiles in the hallway,” says Sara. She notes that when the campus is opened up for students to come in and use the resources, the place is bustling. Once the media center fills up, students trickle over to the student lounge. They’re connecting with each other, forming study groups, and encouraging one another to reach success.
Sara really likes that all that good energy is spilling out into the community. Career Quest recently had a food drive and contributed canned goods to the Jackson Food Bank. Their student association raises money through bake sales and fundraisers to help their own students and worthy community causes. Whether it’s the snack shack set up to provide student snacks, the ice cream grab ‘n go that happens every Wednesday, or single events for holidays, Career Quest Learning Centers is a busy place!
If you’re ready to train for a career, but aren’t ready to become just a number, check out all that Career Quest Learning Centers could offer you. We have programs in business, healthcare, information technology and paralegal studies. Give us a call in Jackson at 877-365-8144 and schedule a campus tour now.