P-STEP

P-STEP

Post Secondary Transition and Education Program

The emphasis of the study for the P-STEP program is to provide students with the skills needed to obtain and maintain community employment and increase independent living skills through community-based experiences.  This program will also include activities that will promote leisure and social skills.  Emphasis on specific skills is individualized to meet the students’ Individual Education Program.

P-STEP Program Purpose:
P-STEP stands for Post Secondary Transition and Educational Program.  Students attending P-STEP range in age from 18-21 years old.  P-STEP students instructional program consist of academics, vocational, recreational and daily living skills.  The students are involved in a number of community activities such as going to the Public Library once every two weeks, grocery shopping at Jewel, trips to Walmart, and to be added to the list is field trips to restaurants, and volunteer work.

Students receive vocational support from a vocational transition coordinator, who works with the students on workplace skills, employer expectations, socializing at work, attitudes and behaviors on the job, how to keep a job.  Students are placed on job sites, with a job coach, who works alongside the students to help with training and problem solving as the student learns to become independent. P-STEP provides more preparation for students who have completed all the requirements for high school graduation but are limited in functional community-based skills, like driving.  The goal of the program is to provide students with more post-secondary preparation in all areas so they can be productive adult members in the community.  P-STEP provides District 202 students with necessary supports until the day before their 22nd birthday, as required by state and federal law.


Program Placement:
Students are placed at P-STEP after their 4th year in high school by an IEP team meeting. The P-STEP program serves the four high schools of Plainfield Community Consolidated District 202:
Plainfield High School – Central Campus
Plainfield South High School
Plainfield North High School
Plainfield East High School


Program Times:
P-STEP runs Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. P-STEP program follows the District 202 school calendar

P-STEP at PA 

8:00-9:00

9:00-11:00

11:15-11:45

11:45-2:00

 

Bell, 11

Employment Skills

Voc Work

Lunch

Independent Living

 

Olsen, 13

Employment Skills

Voc Work

Independent Living

 

Community Trips for P-STEP at PA, Bell 9:00am, Olsen 12:00pm

 
 

P-STEP at JJC

7:30-8:50

8:50-11:00

11:00-12:00

12:00-12:30

12:30-2:10

 

Sylvester

Transition Class

Work Training

Work Training

Lunch

Work Training

 

Bernel

Transition Class

Work Training

Work Training

Work Training

 

                   

P-STEP at Bollingbrook

8:00-2:00

 

Kelly

Project Search

 
                   

 

 

P-STEP Vocational Program:
This program includes work training at Joliet Junior College, work experience in the community, and paid employment.  The JJC work training program provides part of the school day for the student to experience various jobs at the college on a rotating basis to identify the student’s interest and capabilities.  The work experience in the community will provide the student a work environment in which he or she will train and complete the tasks that are to be achieved.  Paid employment has the student using learned skills to perform the specific task asked by the employer.  All phases of the program include job coaches until the student is capable of independent paid community employment.  These goals are identified in each student’s IEP and Transition Plan.  



P-STEP Independent Living Program:
This program includes the mastery of skills such as planning, shopping for, and cooking of meals, home management and maintenance, budgeting time and money, dressing appropriately for the weather and occasion, basic health and first aide, and who to seek help from when needed.  The program will also focus on math, reading, and writing academics related to independent living.



P-STEP Leisure/Social Program:
This program will allow practical application of the skills taught in the class through community-based experiences.  These trips will include activities and the development of skills needed to participate in organized group activities along with social awareness of what kind of talk or action is appropriate in different situations.  The focus of trips and activities include community safety, restaurants, volunteer work, and social games.