Students Toward Independence Program - STEPS

15770 18th St. NE
Little Falls, MN  56345
Phone: (320) 631-2500


Teacher:  Jolene Cherne -- jcherne@midstate.k12.mn.us
Assistant Administator: Lisa Mickle -- lmickle@midstate.k12.mn.us

STEPS is a transition program for students ages 18-21 years old. Transition skills, such as vocational and functional life skills, are taught, as determined by individual goals. Opportunities are planned for students to access the community to gain skills necessary for employment in a sheltered environment. Students gain skills in the areas of shopping, cooking, and performing household chores. Students are assisted in finding appropriate recreational activities.

Between the ages of 14-18, students, parents and case managers should be discussing the transition needs of each the student at his or her IEP meeting. During this time, if there are unmet transition goals and objectives it would be appropriate to discuss Independent living and vocational skill training beyond high school.

Our staff strives to create a nurturing environment where students may improve their quality of life through choices, relationships, and a presence in the community. Participants are challenged to reach their maximum potential as they transition from school to work. There is an emphasis on maintaining socially acceptable behavior at all times.

Program settings include: 
·  Community -competitive employment or community based work enclave/supported employment;

Every student in the STEPS program has the opportunity to express what their goals are for the future. A team of job coaches assist students in finding the job that they are good at and like. All students also participate in a job class, learning job related skills, interview skills, how to fill out an application, and creating their resume. Students also have a training agreement when on a job in the community.

 


Contact: Lisa Mickle
Contact Us
(320) 631-2500
Fax (320) 6323981
Address
15770 18th St. NE
Little Falls, MN 56345
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