Step Year

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

Step Year at West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (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 a paid internship. The program is tuition-free and is open to young adults ages 18-23 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.

Program Timeline

Orientation: Week of February 4, 2019
Kick-Off Overnight Retreat: February 21-22, 2019

Step Year Programming: February – June 2019, Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Internships will take place from April through August 2019 and will be 15-20 hours a week. Schedules will vary based on employer.

Applications are now open and the deadline to apply is January 18, 2019.

Questions? Please contact Program Manager Brandy Arnold at

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