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The Secondary Transitional Experience Program (STEP) provides students with an opportunity to work in the community and earn money, high school credit and valuable work experience. From the program, students learn work ethics, career choice, and work strengths in the world of work. In addition to these services, parents can learn the options available for their child after graduation.

What is STEP?

  • A partnership that involves the local school district and the Illinois Department of Human Services – Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • A school work experience program
  • A job opportunity
  • Job readiness skills
  • Vocational counseling and assessment services
  • Job support with coaches (if necessary)
  • Credit toward graduation
  • Transition services after high school

Who is eligible?

  • Students with mental, physical or learning disabilities who are at or near employable age
  • Students who would benefit from vocational rehabilitation services

STEP also produces The QC STEP Podcast, a weekly video production that delivers pre-employment and on-the-job training to STEP certified students.