Step Year

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

Enrollment for the Spring 2023 cohort of Step Year is now open! We will be accepting applications through February 24, 2023. Fill out the application or request a tour below to learn more.

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.

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Applications for the Spring 2023 Step Year Cohort are due February 24, 2023.


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Spring 2023 Details


Those enrolled in Step Year will receive attendance-based stipends up to $1200. Participants will be paid biweekly at the rate of $50 per programming day attended.

Toronto Trip

At the end of Step Year Spring 2023, students will go on a trip to Toronto, Ontario from May 30 – June 2. Participation in the trip will be contingent upon program attendance. This trip is not required for the successful completion of Step Year, but it is the goal that all students will be able to join! Please note:
– As Step Year is tuition-free, WMCAT will provide transportation, lodging, and most food and entertainment. Students will be responsible for any additional expenses such as souvenirs or activities in their free time.
– Students will be required to obtain an enhanced ID in order to travel to Canada; the application process and instructions will be covered during the program.


March 6 – May 25

Step Year Experience

Twice a week at WMCAT
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

May 30 – June 2

Step Year Trip

4 day trip
Toronto, ON

June – November 2023

Step Year Check-Ins

Once a month
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


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