STEP Program

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If you (or someone you know) are an Oregon resident and are receiving Food Stamps (SNAP) you may be eligible for additional education and training support services while attending classes at Treasure Valley Community College.  Success coaching and student support, such as tuition, books, and transportation, are available to assist students as they build their skills, complete their GED, increase English communication fluency, earn college Career and Technical Education certificates (Career Pathways) and degrees, and access internships and jobs.  The goal of the project is to increase equitable opportunity and economic mobility for SNAP students.

If you are not sure you are eligible, apply here:  Apply Here for SNAP

The STEP grant serves Oregon SNAP recipients with assistance in obtaining a livable wage through the use of added financial, social, and educational services during vocational training, job search, and job retention. STEP coaches and advisors can offer additional support services to provide a safety net and remove barriers to successful completion of a Career Pathway certificate and job attainment.  TVCC works closely with community resource providers to find solutions to assist our students with issues beyond what the grant and TVCC can offer.

Participants complete an in-depth assessment to identify what services, skills, and resources are needed. Students also complete a College and Career Plan.

  • Career Coaching: individualized success coaching and case management, educational guidance and career advising, college navigation, and wrap-around support for equitable college and career success.
  • Vocational Training: high-quality education resulting in a credential that prepares students for in-demand career opportunities; focus and priority is for students starting on their career pathway and progressing towards a stackable Career Pathways certificate, but is also open to others needing support in a Career and Technical Education or workforce program that leads to an industry-recognized credential, certificate, or degree.
  • ABE/GED/Remediation: GED, ESL, on-ramps, and skill building courses and services that build skills needed to enter and progress in college and the workforce.
  • Job Search and Job Search Training: support, workshops, and services designed to help participants find the right career path, prepare for and find jobs that will offer pathways out of poverty and into living wage careers.
  • Work Experience: work-based learning opportunities and connection with employers; job shadow, internship, co-op education, and externship placement.

Any referrals for the STEP grant go to Charla Wheeler.  If you would like to refer an individual, please feel free to give Charla's contact information out or email/call her directly (if given permission by the student).  There are two simple assessments completed with a (potential) student before connecting them with the various resources that could best serve them – whether that be on campus or not

Career Pathways is also partnering with our local Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide educational opportunities for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients.  If you know someone you think may be eligible for any of these programs, we can help with the application process and/or verify eligibility.

Career Pathways:
Point of Contact: Sharlene McCaslin, Career Pathways Specialist
(541) 881-5589

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Point of Contact: Charla Wheeler, STEP Student Success Coach
(541) 881-5603

The Career Pathways, STARS and STEP programs are located in the Oregon Trail Building room #107, or you may call or email Charla Wheeler or Sharlene McCaslin.