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World of Work Symposium

The World of Work Symposium is a one-day event presented by QC United in partnership with the Stanley Foundation and the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency. The event is offered free to students and includes a diverse selection of speakers with international business/work experience. The symposium also includes a career and college fair. Participating high schools are responsible for arranging student transportation.

What previous high school participants have to say…
The most recent World of Work Symposium was held Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at the Mississippi Bend AEA and served nearly 100 students from four area high schools. Below are the student survey responses regarding this event.

Student Participants:
Teachers/counselors from Quad City area high schools are invited to register a designated number of 10th and 11th grade students to QC United’s  annual “World of Work” Symposium. The purpose of this all-day event is to connect students with professionals from a variety of backgrounds to learn about the hard and soft skills needed to be competitive in a global workforce. This event is open to students who are serious about pursuing college or training beyond high school. Students can choose three breakout sessions to attend and they will hear from an inspiring keynote speaker who has traveled the World and who will offer insight regarding how to navigate a diverse and often complex environment.

QC United strives to present a diverse offering of speakers with international experience who can offer students increased understanding of the skills and strategies needed to navigate within a global workforce. We invite any professional interested in speaking at this event to contact us at  for more information on how to get involved.

College/Career Fair Participants:
QC United understands the importance of providing small group opportunities for students to connect with college representatives and career representatives where they can ask specific questions and gain insight from professionals who have much to share regarding education and career opportunities. QC United invites all career/college representatives interested in participating in the career/college fair for the Symposium to contact us for registration information. Representatives will attend the Symposium from 11:15am to 1pm and lunch will be provided.

Symposium Format

8:00 to 8:40am Registration
8:45am Welcome
9:00 to 9:45am Keynote Address
9:45 to 9:55am questions/overview of remaining schedule
9:55am Break (5 minutes)
10:05 – 10:50am 1st breakout session
10:55 - 11:40am 2nd breakout session
11:45 – 12:55pm Lunch Group will be split for lunch and College/Career Fair
(one group will attend lunch while the other attends fair)
Group A: 11:45am to 12:15am
Group B: 12:20am to 12:50am
1:00 – 1:50pm 3rd breakout session (evaluations completed at end of this session)
1:55 Closing remarks (whole group)
2:00pm Dismissal

The next symposium will be scheduled in early March 2016 (the date TBA soon) and will be held at the Mississippi Bend AEA in Bettendorf, Iowa. Registration forms will be made available to area high schools through school counselors and school administrators in December 2015.

Upcoming Events

QC United

August 18th
Freedom Festival East Moline, Illinois Noon to 2pm Pete and his Posse will
Provide anti-bullying information and Photo opportunities

August 19th
Pete attends Rascal's Birthday Party;Modern Woodmen Baseball Stadium 
4pm to 7pm

August 25th
Pete and his Posse ride in the Moonlight Parade, Silvis, Il 8pm

September 9th
Music in the Park, East Moline
2pm Pete will there for pictures

September 16th
1pm QC Reading Adventure sponsored by the QC Times. Pete and his Posse
share anti-bullying information and perform some Hip-Hop Dance
3pm Hispanic Independence Day Celebration
East Moline, IL. Pete and his Posse perform

September 22nd
8am NAMI Walk. Pete is there cheering the Walkers and posing for pictures.

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QC United
P.O. Box 1388
Bettendorf, IA 5272
(855) 485-4445