• Since its inception in 2008, 1st S.T.E.P., or the School to Training and Employment Program, has graduated 77 students, hired over 25 students in permanent or temporary positions and awarded over $115,000 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 on Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Depot, 1201 S. Washington Avenue, Lansing, MI 48901.
    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 at the number lited below:

    Contact the BWL 517-702-6252


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