ERIC Number: ED342574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-17
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School Transition to Employment Partnership (STEP): Employability Curriculum.
Wika, Jim; Rudrud, Eric H.
The School Transition to Employment Partnership (STEP) Employability Curriculum is a competency-based evaluation and training program for special needs students, designed to ensure successful transition from school to employment. The STEP curriculum was developed through a partnership of state and local education agencies, representatives of state and local vocational rehabilitation personnel, and private industry. The STEP curriculum consists of 27 individual components across 3 major domains: Employability I, Survival Skills and Problem Solving; Employability II, Career Development and Job Seeking Skills; and Employability III, Job Keeping and Work Maturity. The STEP curriculum was implemented in 12 member school districts affiliated with the Black Hills Special Services Cooperative, serving western South Dakota. The results of the initial field test of 75 students revealed that approximately 60 percent of students were able to obtain and maintain employment upon completion of the STEP program. Students who master on-the-job competencies were able to maintain employment, work more hours per week, and to earn a higher hourly wage than students who did not master the competencies. Specific analysis of the STEP competencies indicated that a student's on-the-job performance (Employability III) was significantly correlated with maintaining employment. Further, specific traits that were found to be correlated with employment included task completion, punctuality, and developing a career plan. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: South Dakota