The Secondary Transitional Experience Program (STEP) is sponsored by the Department of Human Services and Division of Rehabilitation Services and is designed to provide supervised work experience for high school students with disabilities.  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 (generally 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 public school district.

Students receive work-related instruction in order to enhance their job training experience.  Students participating in the STEP program may earn school credit(s) toward graduation requirements.  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 Tri-County Special Education serves public school districts in Jackson, Perry, and Union Counties.  Please contact @ (618) 684-2109 ext. 311 Denise Jones or  ext. 305 Katie Rogers