Secondary Transitional Education Program (STEP) - Great Prairie Area Education Agency

Secondary Transitional Education Program (STEP)

The Secondary Transitional Education Program (STEP) was established as a joint agreement between Southeastern Community College, Great Prairie Area Education Agency and local participating school districts to provide special education students with career and vocational education, preparing them for employment.

STEP Facts:

  • STEP has served area students since 1983
  • STEP has an average enrollment of 45-60 students.
  • The STEP staff includes three full time certified special education instructors and 8 to 11 professional instructional assistants.
  • Students may attend either the West Burlington campus or the Keokuk campus, depending upon their chosen program


Ann Borchard, STEP Coordinator

Tom Buhrow, STEP Instructor

Sandy Stevenson, STEP Instructor

Shawn Stringer, Regional Director Special Education Services


STEP Links

STEP Brochure
STEP Referral Guidelines
STEP Referral Process
STEP Referral Form (for teacher use only)
SCC/STEP Checklist

SCC Online New Student Orientation Directions


Tour/Referral Timelines

A visit to Southeastern Community College is strongly recommended for prospective students. A tour can familiarize a student with the vocational program choices, the program requirements as well as the role of STEP.  The tour is much more beneficial to a student if he/she researches a vocational program of interest ahead of time.

To Schedule a tour call Ann Borchard at: (319) 208-5098 or 1-866-722-4692 Ext. 5098

Referral Deadline April 1
Notification of Acceptance April 30


Related Links

Southeastern Community College
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
RISE - Indian Hills Community College








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