• Since its inception in 2008, 1st S.T.E.P., or the School to Training and Employment Program, has graduated over 100 students, hired nearly 20 full time employees and awarded over $150,000 in scholarship dollars. BWL has been the recipient of many awards for this demand driven work-based learning program and was the recipient of the Capitol Area Michigan Works Prosperity Award in 2014.

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    Students interested in participating in the Paid Employment/Scholarship opportunity must complete the following selection activities: 

    1. Attend the 1st S.T.E.P. Student and Parent/Guardian Orientation Session.
    2. Complete the 1st S.T.E.P. application and essay.
    3. Develop a working portfolio.
    4. Complete the BWL interview/tour.
    5. Drug test and background check for employment required.


    Student Benefits

    • Career exploration opportunities.
    • Links education to the real world of work.
    • Structured process that requires students participation in activities necessary for learning/ training and potential employment success.
    • Experience that enhances students, employment and post-secondary education success.
    • Structured program that provides potential for paid work based learning and a LCC scholarship.


    Student Application Eligibility Criteria

    • High school senior in the BWL service territory
    • Age 17 by January 1st.
    • Overall GPA of at least a 2.0.
    • Future plans to live and work in the Greater Lansing Area.
    • Plans to pursue post-secondary education and training in skilled trades beyond high school.
    • Able to work up to 4 hours during the school day (ending by 3:30) on school Co-op/Internship program.
    • Be drug free.
    • Dependable Transportation (ability to get to work on time).
    • Dependable and hardworking.


    What's Next? Get Started!

    Contact your School Counselor or your area's Job Placement Coordinator.

    Contact Dawn Plenar 517-702-6400


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