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 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? Please contact Renida Clark at

Schedule for 2021

March 22, 2021 – June 17, 2021

Mondays and Thursdays

9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

July 2021 – September 2021

Once every other week (the day is TBD)

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

October 2021 – December 2021

Once a month (the day is TBD)

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

All programs will be in person at WMCAT which follows strict health and safety guidelines for COVID-19. The program will be moved online if a shut-down is ordered. WMCAT will also ensure all students have the necessary technology to participate in the program virtually.


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