Through a series of five successive components, Building STEPS provides experiences and opportunities that position students for college and career success. Students are accepted into Building STEPS in the spring of their sophomore year and begin the multi-year, sequential programming in August of 11th grade. Programming continues through the backpack to briefcase transition.
Exposes students to STEM careers through interactive monthly visits to area businesses that rely on science and technology, connecting the relationship between a college degree and career opportunity. Often this experience is a student’s first glimpse and taste of a day in a professional setting.
Students learn about a breadth of STEM career opportunities, including: advanced radar systems, bioluminescence, marine animal care and rescue, civil, environmental, hydro and electrical engineering, cybersecurity, scientific research, coding and information technology.
Places students in a paid, STEM oriented internship and includes academic enrichment and professional programming. Internship matches are based on student interest and availability. Rising seniors jump start the college application process. Students learn firsthand the connections between career opportunity, earning potential and a college degree.
College WorkshopsGuides students though the college and financial aid application processes, while preparing them for 1st year college choices, opportunities and challenges during freshman year in college. Professional networking, financial budgeting and skillful communications are learned skills that support the transition from high school to college.
Ongoing support ensures college students remain on point and maximize their campus resources and opportunities. Campus visits, care packages and frequent check-ins are critical steps in supporting continued success. Building STEPS Backpack2Briefcase curriculum, B2B, prepares students for entry to a college graduate level career.
Delivers programs and services that support and foster professional development and advance career opportunities. Joining the Young Professional Council, alumni remain connected and expand their networks.
Supplemental programming, including peer mentoring, academic tutoring, financial wellness, resume review and interview training, community engagement, professional etiquette, and parent engagement prepares and equips students for college and career success.