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Career Connect

Funded by a DECAT grant, Career Connect engages 6th-12th grade students in thinking about and planning for their futures. Students learn about options for future success through college visits, tours of local employers, job readiness workshops, and volunteer service projects. For more information on the current Career Connect schedule, contact Malcolm Blough at beamentor@cyconcepts.org.

Here is our 2017 Summer Schedule! Click Here to Sign Up or contact malcolm@cyconcepts:

– Career Connect Kick Off

June 6, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

1446 Martin Luther King Jr Parkway; Des Moines, Iowa

To kick off Career Connect we will be having representatives from the Greater Des Moines Partnership talk about where career opportunities will be in five to ten years when many current middle and high schoolers will be entering the job market.


– Accumold

June 7, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

1711 Southeast Oralabor Road; Ankeny, Iowa

Accumold specializes in micro injection molding and manufactures small, yet complex and precise components for high-tech industries like automotive electronics, fiber optics, and medical technology.  While touring Accumold’s facility, we’ll discuss career prospects for the manufacturing sector of today and in the future.


– Service Legends

June 8, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

6365 Northeast 14th Street; Des Moines, Iowa

Service Legends provides installation, service, and support for home air conditioning and heating systems.  We will be touring the their training area to learn about the requirements of working as a technician and speaking with the Service Legends’ founder about how his business got started.


– Shade Tree Auto

June 13, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

1750 Southeast 11th Street; Grimes, Iowa

Shade Tree Auto is an automotive maintenance and repair shop that started in Johnston in 2001 before moving to its current location in Grimes in 2005.  We’ll start by discussing possible careers in auto mechanics and then discuss the architectural elements that went into Shade Tree Auto’s recent shop redesign.


– Central College

June 15, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

DEPART FROM 1446 Martin Luther King Jr Parkway; Des Moines, Iowa

Central College is a private liberal arts college in Pella founded in 1853.  The college offers a diverse curriculum, with 73 academic programs available, and a variety of internship offerings and opportunities to study abroad.  We will be departing from CYC at 7:30 am and then will travel by bus to Pella for our the 9:00 am start of our tour of Central College’s campus.  Lunch will be served on campus.  We will depart from Pella at around 3:00 pm and return to CYC by around 4:00 pm.


– Shive Hattery Architecture and Engineering

June 20, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

4126 Westown Parkway Suite 100; West Des Moines, Iowa

Originally founded in Cedar Rapids, Shive Hattery is an architectural and engineering firm that has since expanded to seven cities across the Midwest.  We’ll be visiting their West Des Moines branch and learning about opportunities in engineering from Shive Hattery staff.


– Mercy Medical Center

June 21, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

1111 6th Avenue; Des Moines, Iowa

Founded in 1893, Mercy Medical Center is the oldest hospital in Des Moines and provides medical services in dozens of different fields.  While visiting Mercy, we’ll learn about the wide variety of careers that are available in the healthcare field and what kind of education and training is needed for entrance into this dynamic industry.


– Closing Celebration

June 22, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

1446 Martin Luther King Jr Parkway; Des Moines, Iowa

Join us at CYC for a celebration to close out this summer’s Career Connect!

Career Connect strives to:

  • provide students with a wide variety of new experiences through volunteer service projects, tours of local employers, college visits, and job readiness workshops.
  • grow students’ knowledge of how to prepare for college and the opportunities available to them after graduation.

A typical meeting for Career Connect:

  • Students arrive at CYC and prepare for the day’s event.
  • CYC staff transports students to and from the tour/workshop.
  • Debrief and reflection about the tour/workshop.

Past events have included tours of John Deere, Kemin Industries, Hubbell Realty, DMACC, Grandview, and World Food Prize.