Expanding to Meet Demands and Build Dreams

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STEPS Pathways College teaches the skills of independent living to young adults living with disability and is expanding to meet current demands for its Australian-first learning model.

The Caloundra boarding college welcomes students from all over Australia, and operates a day program and new online learning program to engage regional Australians.

The idea for the college was simple. It came from a place that all parents of children with disabilities experience – what’s going to happen to my child when I’m not here?

STEPS Group managing director Carmel Crouch, whose 48-year-old son with a disability is still living at home, says for her, this perspective has always been her driving force.

“This idea of the college comes very much from my personal point of view. I thought there had to be some way we could make opportunities for young people with disabilities to become independent,” Ms Crouch says

“Now the college has been up and running successfully for three years, expansion is the way forward for us.

“We’re excited to announce we will have a new expansion built by November this year.”

The College’s day program provides flexible learning five days a week, and the opportunity to experience campus life for students still living at
home.

The online learning program is an interactive program including a combination of online classwork, group discussions and project-based activities.

STEPS Pathways manager DJ McGlynn believes the exponential growth of its programs is a true testament to its success.

“Every single element of our training program has an educational underpinning; we see it working every day,” Mr McGlynn says.

“The curriculum is a mix of classroom learning and hands-on practical applications. Every student has an individual plan tailored to their needs.

“I’m constantly surprised by how much a student can do when given the opportunity.”

Looking ahead, the passionate staff at STEPS have big plans on the table, and they invite Australia to join them, either as a student, or as a supporter of
STEPS Charity, raising funds to build the college expansions. To support STEPS Charity visit www.stepscharity.com.au

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