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STEP PROGRAM 

Student Transition Enrichment Program

In Barrow County, we believe that all students have the potential to live fulfilling and successful lives as productive members of society.  Since 2016, the STEP Program has worked alongside students with disabilities as they transition to life after high school so that they can reach their true potential. Our passionate instructors work to enable students to become functional, independent and empowered in their employment, vocational, and social pursuits.  Our instructors develop and maintain rich relationships with each student and their families to meet their individual needs.  Students participate in various job-type settings to become better equipped with both soft skills and practical job skills.  Our goal is for students to leave the STEP program with the skills and confidence needed to step into adulthood.

Targeted Population:

  • Students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities
  • Have completed their high school diploma requirements
  • Have not yet reached the maximum school age of 22 years of old
  • Are in their last two years of high school
  • Considering supported employment

Rationale:

  • Successfully move from high school to work environment to adulthood
  • Independent work experience in various settings
  • Opportunities to apply skills learned in work settings in the local community
  • Knowledge and confidence in navigating the student's local community

Goals:

  • Seamless transition from school to work and community
  • Vocational and career exploration
  • Development of vocational soft skills
  • Creating a person-centered program geared towards individual needs
  • Provide self-advocacy opportunities
  • Following directions, accepting feedback, and following a routine
  • Increase work endurance and performance
  • Identify and develop appropriate workplace habits

 

instructors

Rhonda Phillips

Special Education Teacher

Becky Phillips has been a part of Barrow County Schools for 22 years working at Winder ...

Brandi Casey

Paraprofessional

Brandi Casey has served in Barrow County Schools for 16 years. She attended Grand ...

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