QC Career Connections gets high school students thinking about their futures early

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DAVENPORT, Iowa-- High school junior Kameron Houston is working to pass his economics class, to get one step closer to achieving his goal of becoming a police officer.

"(If) I finish high school, that means I can get one step closer to my career... finish college and then go for my goal, my dream job," says Kameron.

A mentoring program called Q-C Career Connections is based out of Eastern Iowa Community College and works with schools across the Quad City area, to connect students with the right people and resources to get them thinking about life after high school, whether that means going to college or learning a trade.

Scott County Family YMCA Program Director, Marlo Clark teaches Kameron Houston a professional handshake at Davenport West High School.

"We want kids to know no matter who you are or what your personality is like, what your goals are-- we can make success work for you in a way that makes you happy," says Q-C Connections organizer, Megan Hasselroth.

The three year old program connects students with people like YMCA's Marlow Clark, a native from Barbados, who moved to the Quad Cities where he can match young people with the careers that might someday's be your life's work.

"High school I dropped put twice and college I dropped out twice, so I'm not your stereotypical success story... Along that process I've learned somethings that I wanted to share with young people," says Clark.

Interested in getting involved with Q-C Career Connections? Contact Megan Hasselroth, or fill out a volunteer form HERE.