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College & Career Corner

QCMP members knows how confusing the college and career process can be for minority and first-generation families. In this section you'll find information on: 

  • College options

  • Ways to explore different careers 

  • Understanding next steps 

  • Financial aid & scholarships 


It's never too early to start thinking about life after high school, let's get started below and don't forget, local community colleges offer free resources through their Career Service centers. 




Ask questions

Only you can truly start thinking about your next steps after high school. Before you begin, consider these questions below.  

  • What kind of career do I want? 

  • What do I need to study to get there? 

  • What kind of college do I want to attend? 

  • Do I want to move away or stay close to home? 

  • What is my dream job? 

  • What skills do I need? 

Pay attention

High school will fly by!  Pay attention to announcements from your counselors office, coaches & teachers about upcoming college deadlines, future college visits, scholarships and workshops for financial aid. 

Check out local churches, community based organizations, employers, financial institutions and more for scholarship opportunities

Take Notes

Keep a record of your journey.  In this digital age, use your calendar and note apps to keep track of upcoming visits, college fairs and deadlines. 

You can also start a grading system for the colleges you're exploring to help narrow down your choices. 


Check out college and military websites that you are considering.  Sign up for newsletters, text messages or request information to be mailed to your home. 

Admissions advisors and recruiters are eager to speak with you and your family to ensure you make the best decision for you! 

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* College estimated comparison chart for reference.

Check out free & local college fairs or check with your high school counselor for upcoming visits: 

Black Hawk College's 
College Night fair 
Thursday, Sept. 28th 
5:30-7:00 pm 
United Township gymansium 
Free & open to the entire QC community

Iowa QC College Program (IQCCP) 
Scott Community College, Urban campus 
October date TBD 


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