Student Transition Educational Program Services

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.

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"Take a step at STEPS. One step at a time..."

Emma Walters, Participant

About STEPS:

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:

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

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"STEPS is awesome. We have friends and family here. We call it the STEPS team."

Justine, Participant

Our Mission:

Educating students with disabilities, ages 18-21, to lead productive, independent lives as contributing members of their community.

Contact Us:
PH: 360.355.3145
Jeanette Forman
Ellen Harper
Find Us:
1217 14th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632