No two learning styles are the same. Therefore, academic support is customized to the student’s preferences and needs. The College Steps team first works closely with each student and family to understand and identify areas of academic challenge and then collaboratively creates an individualized academic support program perfectly calibrated to respond.
Tangible Skills - Areas may include in-classroom support with note taking, group participation support, study skills sessions, time management guidance, test taking strategies, and homework support.
Mentor Model - Via College Steps’ model of peer-based support, much of the academic enrichment College Steps provides is offered through College Steps’ award-winning peer mentor system.
Campus Connection - On each of the campuses in which we partner, College Steps also works in close collaboration with Student Support Services, Disability Services, Academic Advising and Campus Tutoring to ensure optimal supports are in place and seamless communication occurs.
From foundational skills like navigating public transportation and maintaining a healthy diet to more complex skills like managing personal finances, the development of independent living skills is an essential element of success during and after college.
Skill Advancement - College Steps works to incorporate the development of these skills into each student’s ICP. The refinement of these skills has the secondary benefit of enhancing a student’s self-advocacy, communication skills, and overall level of self-esteem.
Dedicated Seminars - In addition to fostering the development of independent living via on and off campus activities, College Steps also offers weekly independent living courses at each of the colleges in which we partner.
Professional Expertise - College Steps’ independent living curriculum provides access to local professionals who regularly present on their areas of professional expertise and provide helpful tips for the benefit of College Steps scholars (e.g., financial planning experts, nutritionists, personal trainers, etc.).
Increasing the skills necessary to achieve gainful employment after graduation from college is a cornerstone of our work.
Foundational Skills - College Steps professional skill development begins with core objectives such as learning resume development, professional etiquette, time management and communication styles within the workplace and progresses to more advanced skills such as job interviewing.
Job Shadowing - During the first year in College Steps, all students have the option to take part in on-campus job shadowing experiences designed to allow the student to explore their career objectives.
Internships - In the second year and beyond, the College Steps team works with the student to convert their foundational experiences into campus internships.