Career Skills Training & Employment Program (C-STEP)
The importance of hands-on training and observations cannot be overlooked. A major tenet in CIP’s philosophy is having students engaged in job seeking practices. By seeing firsthand how the hiring process is initiated and how the business community works, students will be able to understand the inner workings of the employment industry. It is the goal of CIP to make students feel as comfortable as possible, both socially and cognitively, to best prepare them for employment.
C-STEP offers CIP students who choose to focus on career development the opportunity to participate in workshops and services that are challenging, informative, and focused on personal and professional success.
C-STEP students receive training and on-the-job supports in addition to their regular services. Job support services may include job coaching, executive functioning, and social thinking at a student’s internship or job site. Feedback is provided to the student during individual appointments and is shared with the student’s C-STEP team. There is an additional cost to participate in C-STEP.
Examples of Place-Based Learning Initiatives
Tours of local businesses
Instructors and students may visit local businesses and participate in a tour of the facilities. Students may have the opportunity to ask workers about what their job entails, including day-to-day responsibilities, skill and ability requirements of the job, potential safety hazards, and the joy and satisfaction they receive from their job.
Instructors may seek out local job shadowing opportunities, whereby students can observe the work demands of desired careers. This may include participation in National Disability Mentoring Day.
Guest speaker presentations and mock job interviews
Members of the business community speak with students about their industry and personal career experiences. Community members may also provide mock job interview experiences to help C-STEP students prepare for future employment interviews.
Visit to local job fairs and job placement/employment agencies
C-STEP students may participate in local job fairs to gain networking experience. They may also learn about local employment resources by visiting job placement agencies.
Technical school cooperative learning field trips
Students may visit local technical schools so they can learn more about hands-on training, classroom training, and job placement programs that are offered.
C-STEP Workshops & Services
Each term, the CIP team assesses the career needs of every student and designs a plan which will help each student make progress toward his/her career goals. C-STEP includes 4 to 6 hours of group/individual services each week as determined by CIP.
- Basic Financial Management
- Career Skills Lab
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Financial Management Through Life
- General Lab
- Job Search Process
- Life and Career Management
- Office Politics
- Social and Interpersonal Skills
- Tech in the Workplace
- Transitioning to Independence
- Work/Life Balance
- Working with People: Human
- Relations in the Workplace
- Job Coaching
- Career Counseling
- Social Thinking
- Executive Functioning
- Job Coaching Group
- Career Counseling Group
- Social Thinking Group
- Tutoring Group
- Executive Functioning Group
How are C-STEP services chosen?
CIP assesses each student individually to assist in planning his or her C-STEP schedule.
How are internships/job chosen?
Each student receives a personal career assessment and is placed in their area of career choice or area of special interest by the beginning of the second term in the program.
How many internship/job hours will my student be doing?
Students typically attend internships for a few hours weekly to start. As they progress through the C-STEP program, the number of internship/job hours worked usually increases.
How does CIP support my student in his/her internship?
Students receive 4 to 6 hours of individual one-on-one support in the areas of social thinking, executive functioning, and job coaching while at their internship/job. These supports vary based on the needs of each student.