Step Year

"I don't know" is a good place to start.

Enrollment for the fall 2024 cohort of Step Year is open! Find enrollment information and the tour request form below.

Step Year at WMCAT was specifically designed to help you find a career or educational path that’s right for you. If you’re ready to take the next step, but aren’t sure what you want to do or would like more support navigating, we’re here to help.

Step Year is a unique mix of college and career exploration, self-discovery, and connections to employment pathways in a variety of sectors. The program is tuition-free and is open to young adults ages 18-24 who have a high school diploma or GED and live in Kent County.

By the end of the program you’ll have a plan in place for your next steps and will take action toward whatever’s next – whether that be college, a trade certificate, job placement with growth opportunities, or maybe something you haven’t thought of yet.

Questions? Contact Program Manager Rosie Runals.


Applications for the fall 2024 Step Year cohort are due Monday, September 9, 2024.

After submitting your application, you will receive an email to sign up for a virtual interview-style meet + greet between August 12–September 12. You will be notified of acceptance into the cohort on September 13.

Questions? Contact Program Manager Rosie Runals at rosie.runals@wmcat.org.


Fall 2024 Details


Those enrolled in Step Year will receive attendance-based stipends up to $1200. Participants will be paid after the first 6 weeks and again after the 12th and final week of the Step Year experience at the rate of $50 per programming day attended.


– Be a young adult ages 18-24
– Have a high school diploma or GED
– Haven’t earned a Bachelor’s Degree
– Live in Kent County


September 24 – December 19, 2024

Step Year Experience

Tuesdays + Thursdays
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

January – June 2025

Step Year Check-Ins

Location announced monthly
Once a month; times vary

Tour Step Year at WMCAT

Get a feel for Step Year by taking a tour of WMCAT! Meet Program Manager Rosie, see the space, and see if Step Year at WMCAT is the right fit for you. Please fill out the form below to schedule a tour. 

Meet the Facilitator

Rosie Runals

Program Manager,
Workforce Development

Tour Request Form

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