Helping you get a job and keep that job


Youth Transition Fair is Next Thursday, April 27, 4-6 pm

Youth Transition Fair
Thursday April 27, 2017 4-6 pm
Students grades 7-12, parents and teachers
Black Hawk College
Health Science Building
6600 34th Ave.

Some of the agencies who will be in attendance include:
Arc of the Quad Cities
Equip for Equality
Illinois Assistive Technology Program
Next Up Transition Curriculum
Metro Link
Project Now
Rock Island County Health Department
Goodwill of the Heartland
Black Hawk College
Illinois-Iowa Center for Independent Living
American Job Center

We hope to see you there!


Upcoming Events

7th Annual Bi-State College Transition Conference
Friday March 3, 2017 8:45 am-1:30 pm
Space is limited, registration required.
Contact Deb Holmes (309) 752-1697 or dholmes@uths.net

Youth Transition Fair
Thursday April 27, 2017 4-6 pm
Students grades 7-12, parents and teachers
Black Hawk College
Health Science Building
6600 34th Ave.


Relay for Life Volunteering Opportunities
September 13 & 14, 2014

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In May, right at the end of the last school year, I wrote a blog post about finding volunteer work over the summer.

I had recently met with Alisha from Davenport Volunteer Connection and shared with you how to use their program to get connected with organizations that had volunteering opportunities. Davenport Volunteer Connection is a great resource if you’d like to do volunteer work.

Volunteering at an event or for an organization can benefit your whether you are under 16 years old, over 16 years old, currently working a job or not working a job.

You probably find yourself in one of these categories and here’s the reasons you can benefit from volunteering:

Why you should volunteer if you are under 16 years old:

Gaining work experience can be a little difficult if you’re under 16 years old. It’s important to get experience though, that way when you fill out applications for your first job, you have something to write in the “Employment History” section. A completely blank application isn’t going to impress anyone.

Why you should volunteer if you are over 16 years old and not working a job:

If you are applying for jobs, doing volunteer work not only pads your resume and application, but it also shows that you have a good work ethic. It shows that you are willing to give up your time to help others.

Why you should volunteer if you are over 16 years old and working a job:

Even if you are employed, volunteering can benefit your career path. What a better way to demonstrate to your future employers that you have a great work ethic and a desire to help your community than doing volunteer work while you are already employed?

You may not necessarily need the work experience for future applications, but volunteer work shows that you want to help others in your community. All employers want to hire people that naturally want to help others.

If I have sold you on the benefits of volunteering, Davenport Volunteer Connection recently tweeted to our @QCSTEP Twitter account to let us know of volunteering opportunities at the Relay for Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society.

This event has many volunteering opportunities that are specifically identified as ideal for teenagers. To see the list of volunteering opportunities and what slots need to be filled, go to this page: Relay For Life .


Throwback Episode – Planning on Going to College?


This week, we’re going to throw it back! A month or so ago, I reminded you that I interviewed Susan Sacco from Black Hawk College on Episode #30 of the podcast. Whether you are a Senior considering Black Hawk or any other schooling after graduation, or if you’re a Junior that is looking ahead, Susan has valuable information for you in this interview.

This information isn’t necessarily specific to Black Hawk College.

In your IEP meetings, QC STEP staff has probably mentioned that the services your receive in high school are quite a bit different than what you will receive in post-high school education.

In this interview, you will learn:

  • When you should start the process of applying.
  • What the registration process is, from the COMPASS Test to meeting with an advisor to signing up for classes.
  • Why you should keep your Senior IEP.
  • What accommodations you receive in high school that you will not be able to receive in college.
  • What accommodations you CAN receive in college.
  • What a VISA form is and how it can help you at Black Hawk College.

Here’s the video for the interview and I’ll be back next week with a new episode of the podcast.


“How to Gain Work Experience (and Money) Over Winter Break”

This week, I’m releasing a blog post rather than a podcast episode. I have a nasty cold and you don’t want to hear me coughing through the episode. But I didn’t want to skip the topic this week because if you have been waiting for this episode to find out how to gain work experience or money over your winter break, I don’t want to leave you empty-handed. The podcast will return on January 16, 2014.

If you would like to see this week’s job leads, you can find them here. This is not the best time of year to find a job, but there are a few businesses that are hiring. You will see that things really slow down after the holidays. But just because you are going to have a hard time finding job openings doesn’t mean that you can’t gain work experience and money over your break.

Last year, I covered this same topic and you can find tips and suggestions for gaining work experience over winter break by listening to or watching Episode #14.

You’ll quickly notice that we’ve improved our production of the video podcast significantly in the last year, but you’ll find that the content from a year ago is just as relevant.


Welcome to QCSTEP.com

Welcome to the QC STEP website.  This website will be a valuable resource for students that are part of the STEP program.  On this site, you will find job leads, interviewing tips, trainings, and much more.  You will also be able to contact STEP Program staff directly from the site.

Thanks for your patience while we build this site and our social network accounts to better serve you.