Community Business Partners


We could not do what we do at STEP without the help of several amazing business partners in our community.  Community partners work with us to do mock interviews, job shadowing, and host STEP students in non-paid internships. Internships are scheduled 2-4 days a week for a few hours a day and usually last about … Read more »

Job Corp Speaker


On Friday, March 13th, we Amber Ruppert from the Ottumwa Job Corp came present information to our Employment classes about their programming.  Job Corp’s mission is to train young people to be successful in some of the fastest growing industries in our state.  Their goal is to teach students skills to be employable and independent … Read more »

Community Service Projects


Our DMPS 4+ programs participate in community service and volunteer projects throughout the year.  These activities not only give opportunities for students to practice work skills, but they help students build their resumes and give them experience to talk about in interviews.   This year we have partnered with the City of Des Moines and Des … Read more »

Learning Through Internships


  So far this year we have had over 30 STEP students participate in non-paid internships.  Students are placed in rotations for 6-8 weeks for a couple hours a day.  While on these sites students are working to not only improve the skills related to the specific job, but they are developing employability soft skills … Read more »

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STEP Closures Due to Weather


We follow the DMPS school calendar and weather closures.  If school is cancelled due to poor weather, we will not have STEP classes or non-paid internships.  Jami will contact internship sites to let them know.  Please check DMPS social media and the local news for information. District Calendar – Des Moines Public Schools ( … Read more »

Tax Time: Free Tax Preparation Services


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is providing free tax preparation services from now until April 15th at two metro area locations.  Individuals that earn less than $47, 770 a year may be eligible for free tax preparation.  These services are available Monday through Friday at Polk County River Place (2309 East Euclid) and United Way … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Secondary Transition Employment Program
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STEP Students and community members speak out:

For a better understanding of STEP  please see the video below where students and community partners describe what STEP is to them.





Employers looking to Partner with STEP

At STEP we are always looking for partners to place our students in short term non-paid positions. For more information see the brochure below.





If interested please contact STEP at



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About STEP

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STEP is a Secondary Transition Employment Progam for 18-21 year olds. Read More…