Program information

QUEST is a federal TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) grant program.  QUEST labs and learning resources are led by learning specialists and QUEST tutors. Students participate in small group study, computer-assisted learning, and mini-lectures. Courses are self-paced, and can be completed in less than a semester or in up to two consecutive semesters, and students may receive extra help during Open Lab hours. All QUEST labs are equipped with academic software.

The QUEST Math Lab offers Foundations of Mathematics (Math 011), Foundations of Algebra I (Math 021), and Foundations of Intermediate Algebra (Math 031).  Students in the Math Lab progress at their own pace to master each topic, with extra support provided if needed.  Some computer-aided courses are also taught in the QUEST Math Labs, such as CAI Math 001 - 003.

The QUEST Writing Lab specializes in assisting students enrolled in Basic Writing Skills (English 090), Integrated Reading and Writing (English 091), College Writing (English 101), and Intro to Literature (English 102). QUEST Writing Lab courses provide a classroom writing experience with additional support services, such as tutorial support, individualized or supplemental instruction, and instruction in the rules of grammar and mechanics.

The QUEST Reading Lab offers College Reading and Learning Strategies (Reading 090) and Advanced English Reading and Vocabulary (ESL 123) in a supported, modified self-paced format. Students work in large groups, small groups, and individually to develop reading skills that they need to succeed in college. Lab support includes one-to-one instruction, computerized curriculum, and Internet research skills. Open Lab hours provide individual assistance for all QUEST students.

The QUEST ESL Lab provides individual support, tutorials, and language practice for students in English-as-a-Second-Language courses. The ESL Lab is located in B200b and is directed by the ESL skills specialist. Work in the Lab may include the use of audiotapes, computer software, one-to-one or group tutoring sessions, conversation practice, and assistance with writing. All students in ESL are assigned at least one lab hour each week, but most students spend many hours improving their language skills in the ESL Lab and/or the Learning Commons. In fact, many ESL students go on to become peer tutors in the Learning Commons and/or the ESL lab.

QUEST Services Eligibility

QUEST is open to eligible students in any program. Students may request information about the QUEST program through the admission process. At the time of placement testing, or anytime during the first year or any of the Learning Specialists, interested students may apply for participation in the program. Contact Dean Sarah Morrell, QUEST Project Director, at any time about this TRIO Program and eligibility requirements.

Participation Requirements

As with all BCC students, those in the QUEST Program must complete CSS 101, College Success Seminar. QUEST students enroll in a designated course section at no charge. Students are also required to attend selected QUEST events and must work with staff on their academic progress. QUEST students are enrolled in a degree program, are usually attending full-time, and take the majority of their classes during the day.

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