The safety and health of our students and their families is of uppermost importance to the staff of QuESTT, Inc. With the COVID 19 crisis still looming large, and the school year off to a bit of a rocky start, our TRiO programs (Talent Search and Upward Bound) are working extra hard to create a variety of ways to provide services to our students under different circumstances.
It may be awhile before we can actually see our wonderful students face-to-face and we are certainly anxious to do that! In the meantime, QuESTT, Inc., appreciates your understanding and patience. Please do not hesitate to contact your counselor or the QuESTT office with any questions or concerns.
Welcome to QuESTT, Inc.
QuESTT, Inc. Mission
Quality Educational Services for Today and Tomorrow (QuESTT), Inc., is a not-for-profit community-based organization with the primary mission of providing northeastern Oklahoma middle school and high school students with educational services designed to prepare them for success in postsecondary education.
QuESTT, Inc. Programs
Funds for the three TRiO (one Talent Search and two Upward Bound) programs are provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Student Services, TRiO Programs, to serve a total of 626 students in 16 northeastern Oklahoma schools.
QuESTT, Inc. Partnerships
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT) in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, partners with QuESTT by providing facilities and staff for workshops during a six-week simulated college experience each summer and other educational activities that occur during the school year. In addition to OSUIT, QuESTT also partners with other community agencies that provide programming and services for students.
Our Knowledgeable Staff
TRiO began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 because of the War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third of these educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960's, the term "TRiO" was coined to describe these federal programs. The name still stands today.
TRiO now includes eight programs (Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, Veterans Upward Bound, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, Upward Bound Math/Science, and a training program for Federal TRiO staff) that serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to pursue and succeed in their academic endeavors from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.
To learn more about these federally funded programs, click here.