Claire Spille, Coordinator:
893-8141, ext. 2497
Donna Eckman, Job Coach: 893-8141, ext. 2229
TCN Meeting Notice
STUDENT TRANSITION EMPLOYEMENT PROGRAM (STEP)
Supported by State and Federal mandates, this program provides students
with Individual Education Plans, opportunities to develop skills and
prepare for the world that awaits them after high school. The activities
in this program are specifically addressed in the Transition Plan, a
separate document included in the IEP.
the first year(s) of high school, students are introduced to the STEP
program by enrolling in the SLE Prep classes and take Interest, Skills and
Career Inventories. They then engage in Community Based Instruction (CBI) via field trips to many diverse job sites for exposure to different
work environments. They are encouraged to identify skills needed to
perform the specific jobs they are observing on these outings and
determine whether they would be interested and/or able to acquire said
the years that follow, job shadowing experiences are scheduled for
individual students, based on their career interests and the results of
the inventories, where they follow an employee at their place of work.
unpaid internships are set-up. These are for several days a week for a
few hours each day for a marking period. In this component of the
program the interns work with a work site mentor and truly learn and
practice actual job skills.
their final year at Pemberton, students become employees. They are
encouraged to obtain paid employment when possible, some with job
coaches for a time, others with work-site mentors, or on their own,
depending on the individual’s ability and need. The new employees are
observed regularly by the Transition Coordinator and evaluated in
collaboration with the employer.
Another component of the program is the STEP Center in
room 133 at the PTHS. It houses a, kitchen, laundry mat, and assembly
line and computer lab. The Center also operates a book store, Page
Turner, where teachers and students can shop for books, magazines as
well as treats. All of these
areas are used to teach and hone job skills. Self esteem and pride in
the knowledge they can be useful members of society are wonderful
The mission of the Student Transition Employment Program--in partnership
with the families and the community (where we place students to observe,
learn, practice and work--is to create independent, responsible,
productive citizens. As with every other graduate of Pemberton Township
High School, each student who participates in the STEP Program will
possess the skills and knowledge necessary to:
Develop and maintain personal and employment goals.
Demonstrate the ability to retain meaningful work.
Communicate effectively with coworkers.
Understand how or where to go to solve work place problems.
Understand the value of paid employment.
Acquire new skills in a real world setting.
Develop and maintain self confidence, a positive attitude about the
future, and a healthy self image through meaningful employment.