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The Quest Summer Youth Program

The Quest” Summer Youth Program is designed to provide students 14-16 years of age with a three week summer enrichment program where students explore five of the sixteen Career Pathways Clusters. Students explore the Career Pathways Clusters to identify major areas of career interests. They use technology tools to access and research career information. Students participate in exploratory tours of facilities including Public Safety, Bio-Technology, Digital Media, E-Learning and Health Science. Students complete the program with an increased awareness that aides them in choosing a career.

Fast Facts

  • 2013 Florida Career Pathways Network Best Practice Winner
  • 2014 National Career Pathways Network Best Practice Winner
  • 62 students have participated since 2013
  • Students earn 40 college clock hours in this program
  • Over $5,000.00 in scholarships awarded in tuition cost through RCCPC Initiative
  • 95% of students stated this program helped them chose a career pathway
  • 89% of students will pursue a career academy while in high school

Why Should Students Enter a Career Pathways Academy?

  • 80% of Career Pathway Academy students who participated in state college system earned post-secondary credits.
  • Academy students performed significantly better overall than comparison groups in attendance, credits earned, average grads and were more likely to stay in school.
  • Students complete an average of at least 5 courses while in high school.
  • Text books are FREE.
  • Student earn college or clock-hour credits for FREE
  • Students can complete a college degree in less than two years.


“Week two was really interesting. We learned about nuclear science, information technology, and health science. In nuclear science we learned about energy and trying to find ways to stop depending on fossil fuels. In information technology we learned about web design and cyber security. In health science we learned about radiology and medical assisting and I found I want to go into the field of health science.” — J.N.

“I was the one chosen to help present to the class Respiratory. I had to stick this tube in a mannequin’s throat and help clear his airways so he can breathe. It was very, very, very weird but fun. I really enjoyed the whole tour.” — A.D.

“Last week, we studied information technology, robotics, health science, graphic design, and lasers. The most interesting part was when the lasers reflected and refracted around the prisms.” — R.D.

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