FCPS Earns State Award for Workforce Readiness

News Release
July 18, 2018

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is one of nine school divisions in Virginia to be honored with an Excellence in Workforce Readiness Award from the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA). The awards—new this year—were created by the VSBA Task Force of Workforce Readiness to highlight exemplary programs in Virginia’s public schools that prepare students for the workforce. Winning divisions were recognized at the VSBA Conference on Education.

In the group of school divisions with a student population above 10,001 students, FCPS finished in third place for its Secondary Transition to Employment Program. 

The Secondary Transition to Employment Program (STEP) is designed to expand opportunities for students with disabilities whose postsecondary goal is employment by providing students aged 18-22 with employment training in real work settings.  A collaborative effort among FCPS staff members and Fairfax County businesses, the program offers instruction in applied academics, self-advocacy, and independent living skills for students with disabilities. The program develops students’ instructional, community, and employment skills, enabling students to be better prepared to transition out of school while expanding their exposure to the community in which they will live and work.

Students gain skills and knowledge during work-based learning, including visits to businesses, job shadowing, situational assessments, paid and nonpaid community work experiences, and internships.

FCPS offers the STEP program at Chantilly High School, Mount Vernon High School, and South Lakes High School.

For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.