Quest Credentials: Extend Your Quest Beyond Graduation
As graduation has come and gone, the seniors of Cohort 19 were reminded that “the QUEST never ends”. I’m sure when many graduates hear this, they think about all the friends they plan to keep in touch with or coming back to the classroom to give feedback on student projects. However, QUEST, in addition to being a tightly-knit community, is first and foremost an honors program and learning does not stop once you leave campus.
In this vein, QUEST and the QUEST Alumni Board is proud to introduce the QUEST Credential program. The goal of the program is to offer classes on interesting subjects related to the core concepts of the program which are taught by qualified alumni. We are currently working on an application for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) so that we can offer CPA credits for these courses so our alumni who require these credits for their certifications.
The program underwent a pilot this spring with the course called Quality Web Development in Business, a course modified from an elective we developed and taught in the spring of 2013. Over 4 weekend sessions, we taught 9 current QUEST students and an alumnus the fundamentals of web programming while also focusing on the QUEST edge of design, metrics for success, and fast iteration. In addition to enjoying fine local College Park food for breakfast and lunch, the participants spent their time in a mix of lectures and team time to build their own projects. At the end of the course, the students were all glad they took the course and said they learned a lot in such a short time.
At the end of the day, this program cannot be successful without alumni participation. To paraphrase Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire, “Help [us] help you”. The Alumni board wants to offer content that you are interested in taking in at a time you would like to take it and we need alumni interested in sharing their knowledge with the community. Please take 5 minutes out of your day and indicate your interest in this survey
Josh Kohn and Danny Laurence
Cohort 18 and Cohort 19