Thanks to Student Transition Educational Program Services (STEPS), Cowlitz County students ages 18-21 are gaining skills to help them get a job and live independently.
STEPS offers young adults with disabilities the opportunity to participate in career exploration and receive specialized instruction, training and support including daily living, communication, self-advocacy and social skills.
"Take a step at STEPS. One step at a time..."
Emma Walters, Participant
STEPS began in the 2011-2012 school year and serves 18-21 year old students from school districts in SW Washington needing assistance transitioning to the world of work and/or independent living. The Community-based program is located in downtown Longview, WA.
Students benefit by having real world experiences and gaining skills in the areas of: communication, safety, customer service, organization, time management and community interactions.
Local Businesses Benefit:
By investing in the future, helping create a better prepared workforce.
- By capitalizing on new market opportunities. Customers with disabilities, their families, friends and associates represent a trillion dollar market segment.
- By building a positive image of their business in the community.
- By building staff morale and customer loyalty.
- By demonstrating good corporate citizenship.
By lowering employee turnover.
Who is eligible?
- Currently receiving special education services
- IEP team has determined a need for transition services to meet goals related to becoming independent adults
- Districts notify the STEPS Program Administrator to start the referral process at the age of 17 for entry into STEPS at the age of 18