From Classroom to Community
The STEP Program is designed to introduce students with disabilities to community employment.

Job Coaching
Once students begin working at a STEP worksite, students will have the support of a Spring-Ford Area School District Job Coach to help learn specific job tasks. The Job Coach will support each student’s performance taking into consideration factors such as academic performance, range of behavior, and previous work experience. At each worksite the Job Coach will evaluate the student’s ability to transfer soft skills from the classroom to the job. Students will also be evaluated by both the Job Coach and employer on factors such as attitude, pace and quality of work, following directions, responsibility, and level of independence.

Building Skills for Employment
The Spring-Ford IEP Team will determine appropriate placements for students into STEP worksites. Students participating in work experience through the STEP Program will not be compensated. However, employers reserve all rights to offer paid part-time employment. The duration of work is approximately 8-10 weeks, equivalent to one marking period, although some students may remain longer.

You’re in good company
STEP worksites include PA Insert Corporation, Chick-Fil-A of Royersford and Gateway/Sanatoga, Philadelphia Freedom Valley Y at Spring Valley, Spring Valley Y Kinder Kids, Creative Moments, Linfield National Golf Club, Sal’s Barbershop, Upper Schuykill Valley Park, Keller Williams Realty Group, Main Street Cafe, Starr Books, Keystone Villas, FlagZone and the Spring-Ford Diner.

Lets get started!

  • Gina High, Transition Coordinator, 215-620-4285
  • Katie Davis, Special Education Supervisor, 7-9, 610-705-6031
  • Aimee Oblak, Special Education Supervisor, 10-12, 610-705-6212
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