The mission of Skill QUEST is to lift working adults out of poverty into family living wage careers through education. We do this through a multifaceted sponsorship/workforce intermediary program tailored to the unique circumstances of each individual and designed to assure the highest likelihood of multigenerational success. Our vision is a future in which every person has access to the highest quality education to develop their full potential at affordable costs.
Chartered in Texas as a nonprofit corporation in 2012, Skill QUEST took over the operations of QUEST:Dallas/Collin, a 2010 expansion project of Project QUEST, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas (http://www.ProjectQUEST.org) started with JET funds from the State of Texas. Skill QUEST is an outgrowth of the ongoing institutionally based community organizing efforts of Dallas Area Interfaith (http://www.DallasAreaInterfaith.org) responding to the needs of the Dallas area community.
Our Fall 2015 Graduates are inducted into the Skill QUEST Alumni Association.
Skill QUEST has been designated a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity by the United States Internal Revenue Service, and contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Consult your tax professional for details of how this might affect you and your taxes. For a copy of the IRS designation letter, please CLICK HERE.
While awaiting IRS designation, Skill QUEST has operated under the financial auspices and supervision of Project QUEST, Inc. and the Interfaith Education Fund, Inc, both 501(c)(3) designated Texas registered nonprofit corporations.
Skill QUEST staff and management is an energetic team with a wealth of knowledge in nonprofit operations from diverse cultural, educational, and experiential backgrounds.
Reginald Grant was selected as the executive director of Skill QUEST in December 2014. Reginald, who received his bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington, DC completed a 22-year career in non-profit administration in 2008 with the Boy Scouts of America after serving in seven metropolitan areas. His last position with Boy Scouts of America brought him to North Texas. Prior to joining Skill QUEST, Reginald served as development director for the College of Engineering at the University of North Texas in Denton. In addition to his executive level experience, Reginald has extensive community involvement as a Rotarian, a Paul Harris Fellow, and through many faith based initiatives. His community service began as an Eagle Scout in 1976 and continued through college where he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Reginald is married to Jill, his wife and best friend for more than 30 years. They have a daughter, Tyler, a graduate student at the University of Denver.
Director of Participant Services, Samanda Gronstal, B.A. in Spanish and English, is a certified bilingual teacher, and secondary Spanish, reading and writing instructor. She implemented and managed a school Peer Mediation Program and also resolved disputes between management and tenants. Her long involvement with Dallas Area Interfaith (DAI) gives her extensive knowledge of community resources, adult education, goal setting and long-term strategies.
Job training classes are delivered through the faculty and resources of Dallas County and Collin County community colleges.
Volunteers from DAI congregations serve as mentors, tutors, and alumni coordinators, and assist in VIP sessions. Community volunteers such as Dallas North Bank and Attitudes & Attire lead some of the weekly support sessions.