In 2016, wanting to increase the completion rate of first-generation, low-income students, Q3 Student Partners launched a pilot program with its initial cohort of first-generation college students in Salt Lake City, Utah. The "Q3 Model" approached student support differently by combining student housing and mentorship programs.
In 2017, local partners scaled the Q3 model to include students attending multiple campuses; such as the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College and Westminster College.
Confident in the program, development began in 2018 to grow the College-Success Student Housing model in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Q3 Model encompasses:
Student-Success Housing: bridge the gap from family life to college life so students can learn and grow independently.
Mentor Support: bridge the experience gap to help students build confidence overcoming hurdles inherent to college life.
Life-Skills Training: bridge the skills gap to help students learn essential strategies for self-reliance both in college and post-college life.
Professional Placement: bridge the gap from graduation to employment through career counseling and placement in enriching internships.
In the initial research cohorts, the completion rate for students was over 90%, regardless of college campus, with most students successfully launching professional careers after graduation.
Based on student outcomes, Q3 is now expanding the program to over three-hundred students, incorporating the same fundamentals that led to earlier success among first-generation college students.
Meet the Q3 Team
Focused on Making an Impact, One Student at a Time
Q3 seeks to provide post-secondary students with the intellectual, emotional and financial resources they need for college and career success. Q3 provides affordable, program-based student housing, where students are immersed with mentor support and life-skills development, as well as internship and career placement opportunities.