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By Nelson D. Schwartz


Project Quest has succeeded where many similar retraining efforts have failed, taking workers lacking in skills and successfully positioning them for jobs where they can earn double or triple what they did previously.

Not that Project Quest makes it look easy. It spends about $11,000 per trainee, offering intensive coaching and financial help.

Project Quest’s record is drawing attention far beyond San Antonio. In December, the program won a $1 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Even with Quest’s insecure federal funding, a study released in April showed that compared with peers who didn’t complete the program, its graduates earn far more nearly a decade later.


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