STEP Program

A small, highly individualized program for students with complex needs


Program Overview


NEC offers three unique programs for secondary and post-secondary students through age 22 with moderate intellectual, mental health, and learning disabilities

Program Description

The STEP (Skills Training Education Possibilities) Program is a therapeutic, academic and community based instruction program focusing on students with varied cognitive abilities and social-emotional/behavioral challenges.

The goal of the STEP Program is to enable students to achieve a high level of success and independence in a classroom setting and then transfer their skills in the community.

Who We Serve

The STEP Program is currently enrolling individuals between the ages of fifteen (15) through twenty-two (22). Students enrolled in the STEP Program demonstrate a variety of challenges and diagnoses such as: Intellectual Impairment, Social-Emotional Disability and Learning Disabilities.

Program Components

  • Functional Academics

  • Therapeutic Supports

  • Behavior Management (Individualized Incentive/behavior plans)

  • MCAS Prep

  • Vocational Assessment

  • Pre-Vocational Skills Training. School-based opportunities (What’s Brewin’ Cafe, Childcare, Recycling, Paid jobs: courier service and janitorial work

  • Internships (Daycare/Nursery school settings, Animal shelters, Nursing homes/elder care in an elder day care center, Local hospital and rehabilitation centers, Thrift shops)

  • Travel Training

  • Summer Programming

  • Exposure to community resources (Public Library, Recreation departments)




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