Next Step

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The Next Step Transition Program offered by South Washington County Schools provides transition services to students aged 18-21 who have a current Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) and have not yet earned their high school diploma due to continued special education goals.

The  Next Step Program offers an environment rich in opportunities for developing transition skills.  Our program is designed for students who need to work on real-world skills in the areas of employment, post-secondary education and independent living. At Next Step, our staff members are committed to creating a curriculum which provides students with opportunities to develop skills needed after high school to be successful adults at home and in the community.

The “Pathways to Independence Lab” serves South Washington County’s special education high school students and Next Step students as a part of the Next Step program.  The Pathways vocational assessment lab focuses on building skills in the areas of career development, skills training and lifelong learning activities.

In addition, the Next Step program has a collaborative partnership with outside agencies that include the YMCA, Goodwill Easter Seals program and Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation services as well as local business partnerships. Next Step students who are eligible for post-secondary education opportunities may enroll in career and technical training at Northeast Metro 916, community colleges and earning credits toward their diploma through employment.

Students and families can find quick links to important resources, including lunch menus, Parent Portal access and a staff directory in the menu.