The School to Employment Program (STEP) helps students prepare for what comes after high school. Students have the opportunity to develop skills they can take into the workplace or college. The program reflects a variety of skills, interests, and goals based on participants’ needs.

STEP acts as a bridge to the Island community, allowing students to gain community-based work experience through paid internships. The twelve-week program is offered during the academic school year, with the option to continue through the summer.

The program has three core components:

Workplace Readiness

Get ready for the workplace with role-playing, peer-to-peer learning, and classroom-based instruction.

Possible topics and skills include:

  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Resume writing
  • Interview skills
  • Time management

Job Exploration Counseling

Unsure of which path you or a loved one wants to go down? No problem. Job exploration counseling helps individuals decide where they want to be using community-based and classroom learning.

Possible topics include:

  • Site visits
  • Job shadowing
  • Travel training
  • Identifying strengths

Work-Based Learning Experience (Internship)

Internships are a great opportunity to try something new while gaining valuable work experience. The staff works with students to select an internship that fits with their strengths and interests.

What to expect from the internship:

  • Six weeks of structured community employment
  • Hours per week will vary based on student and employer need
  • Job coaching, support, and instruction based on students’ needs
  • Weekly check-in with Transition Specialist
  • The successful completion of the internship marks the end of the STEP program
  • Pre and Post internship assessment


Wondering if STEP is the right fit for you or a loved one?

The program is open to students between the ages of 16-22 who are currently enrolled in any Martha’s Vineyard Public School. Students must meet the eligibility requirements of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.

To learn more, contact:

Beth Wike, Disability Services Program Director
508-693-7900 x252

Sharon Engler, Transition Specialist

Hope Macleod, Director of Student Support Services (Grades 8-12)
508-693-1033 x136


STEP is funded by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission