The Secondary Transitional experience Program (STEP) is designed to provide supervised work experience for high school students with disabilities. The program is sponsored by the Department of Human Services and Department of Rehabilitation Services. Emphasis is placed on developing appropriate work-related habits and attitudes and on acquiring marketable work skills. STEP provides an opportunity for students to experience guided on-the-job training.
To participate in this school-to-work program, a student must be sixteen years of age (a junior or senior in high school) and identified as having a disabling condition that would create a barrier toward employment. One and a half to three hours of each student’s school day may be spent at an established work-site training station. The training station may be located at businesses in the community or on training sites within the school district.
Students receive work related instruction in order to enhance their job training experience. Students participating in the STEP program earn school credit(s) toward graduation. Wages earned by STEP participants can be totally funded by STEP, partially subsidized by STEP and the employer, or paid in total by the employer.
The STEP program offered through South Eastern Special Education serves the districts of Clay City, North Clay, Flora, Hutsonville, Robinson, Palestine, Oblong, Jasper, Red Hill, Lawrenceville, and Richland. Susan Vaughn serves as the vocational and transition coordinator. She works with students, teachers, parents and community businesses to promote a team effort in effectively giving students support and training. The vocational coordinator is responsible for obtaining worksites, developing an individual training plan for each participant, evaluating student progress and providing school-to-work transition services.
STEP Application Packet for 2017-2018