Thomas Nelson welcomed nearly 150 people from Newport News' Summer Training and Enrichment Program (STEP). The group split up and toured the Hampton campus, manufacturing and construction trades labs at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center, and the new Center for Building and Construction Trades at Goodwill.
STEP is a work readiness program for 16 to 24-year-olds living in specific areas of Newport News, providing paid work training experience, enrichment activities, workshops, financial literacy training, and GED preparation classes.
Through partnerships with City Departments, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses, the participants are exposed to the world of work though hands on participation at work sites and enrichment activities to expose them to different career options. The program is 10 weeks. Each participant in the program receives a bi-weekly stipend.
At Thomas Nelson, students learned about career and transfer programs available and opportunities available in manufacturing and construction trades.
"STEP is all about supporting each other," stated Sharnya Smith, Youth Career Café Coordinator with the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, partners in the STEP program. "Information is power, the more you know the better and stronger you become."