Student Transition Educational Program Services (STEPS)2020-03-17T10:22:58-07:00

Educating students with disabilities, ages 18–21, to lead productive, independent lives as contributing members of their community.


Welcome to a new year at STEPS!

A little bit of information about the 2021-2022 school year:

The guidance we have received is that STEPS runs on its original schedule of 5 days a week, in-person, full days (except early release on Tuesdays at 12:00pm). If this were to change we will notify all families immediately.

Per the guidance, masks will be required at all times except when eating during break or lunch.

Attached you will find student and staff flow chart guidance identifying that we are to send any student home with any one sign or symptom of illness.

This is a change from last year. There are no longer A and B symptoms. Please review the student flow chart and let us know if you have any questions.

It is especially important that we have up to date emergency contact information. Students who show a sign or symptom of illness will be isolated and required to be picked up from STEPS within 30 minutes.

Students will also be required to fill out a daily health attestation before they arrive at STEPS online.

STEPS will be asking students of their vaccination status and will require a copy of the vaccination card if the student has one. Students can take a picture and email it to their case manager.

We are working to identify opportunities to go out into the community as well as working with our job sites to identify health and safety requirements for students to obtain non-paid internships.

We will keep all families updated with any further information or guidance.

A quick reminder: Our first day of class is Tuesday, August 31st. If you have not heard from your district regarding transportation by Friday, please contact them directly.

We have also attached a copy of the 2021-2022 STEPS calendar.

We are excited to start a new year with STEPS returners and welcome our new STEPS students!

K-12 Covid-19 Requirements       Student Flow Chart        

Staff Flow Chart        2021-2022 STEPS Calendar


Student Transition Educational Program Services (STEPS) is a community based program designed for 18-21 year old students from the districts of Southwest Washington who are in need of additional assistance in transitioning from high school to the world of work and furthering their independent living skills. STEPS offers young adults with disabilities the opportunity to participate in career exploration and receive specialized instruction, training and support including daily living, communication, self-advocacy and social skills.

Located in downtown Longview, STEPS central location offers community involvement for its students along with work experience, enhancement of daily living skills, recreational and leisure opportunities and assistance with planning post-secondary education or training.

Students Benefit

Students benefit by having real world experiences and gaining skills in the areas of: communication, safety, customer service, organization, time management and community interactions.

Students will have opportunities to:

  • Participate in career exploration and development
  • Participate in community-based education
  • Receive specialized instruction, training and support
  • Learn skills that include daily living, communication, employability, self-advocacy, safety, customer service, time management and social skills

Local Businesses Benefit

  • By investing in the future, helping create a better prepared workforce.
  • By capitalizing on new market opportunities. Customers with disabilities, their families, friends and associates represent a trillion dollar market segment.
  • By building a positive image of their business in the community.
  • By building staff morale and customer loyalty.
  • By demonstrating good corporate citizenship. By lowering employee turnover.


  • Currently receiving special education services
  • IEP team has determined a need for transition services to meet goals related to becoming independent adults
  • Districts notify the STEPS Program Administrator to start the referral process at the age of 17 for entry into STEPS at the age of 18
STEPS Student


Our Community Partners

  • Life Works
  • River Cities Transit
  • CAP
  • YMCA
  • Goodwill
  • DVR
  • LCC
  • Columbia Wellness
  • Eyes on Commerce
  • Project Hope

STEPS Students benefit from work experiences at job sites including:

  • Lower Columbia College
  • Cowlitz County Historical Museum
  • Goodwill
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Farm Dog Bakery
  • Petco
  • Creekside Café
  • Screen Print NW
  • Panini’s and More
  • Canterbury Inn
  • Bob’s Sporting Goods
  • Humane Society of Cowlitz County
  • Hole-E-Rollers
  • Longview Library
  • Sears Hometown
  • Grounds For Opportunity
  • Red Hat
  • Goodwill Work Opportunities
  • Thiel’s Music
  • LCC Fork & Flame
  • Triangle Bowl
  • Bud Clary
  • DMA Shredding
  • Lynn’s Ice Cream
STEPS Student

What Our Participants Are Saying

“STEPS is awesome. We have friends and family here. We call it the STEPS team.”

Justine, Participant

“STEPS has helped me learn the skills I need to get a job in the future.”

STEPS Participant

“Take a step at STEPS. One step at a time…”

Emma Walters, Participant

Program Contacts

STEPS Location & Contacts

1217 14th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632

Jeanette Forman


Phone: 360-355-3118


Ellen Harper


Phone: 360-355-3117


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