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STEP Center

The Student Technology and Education Progression (STEP) Center was established in March of 2006 using funds from the “Bridging the Digital Divide” program and space donation from George Washington Carver Community Center.  This project serves Peoria census tracts 1-9, which has the highest concentration of low-income individuals in Peoria County.  These individuals are predominately less educated minorities. 

The STEP lab is currently located in the METEK building 2605 W. Krause Street in Peoria, near the Harrison Community Learning Center.

There are multiple training opportunities.  First, we provide basic computer training on an ongoing basis that familiarizes participants with personal computers, computer related equipment, and basic software functions. 

We also offer employment training to low income individuals employed by our Head Start on the job training program.  They receive work experience, basic computer training, extensive case management, and career planning assistance.  Approximately 20 individuals participate in this program at a time.

Finally, we address the math deficiency among students (approx. 20) in our G.E.D. preparation classes by supplementing them with the Illinois Virtual School’s (IVS) interactive online courses.  The IVS focuses lessons on specific areas of individual student difficulty as identified by the G.E.D. class instructor and the IVS. 

STEP hours are as follows:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9am - 5pm

Tuesday & Thursday 12 - 5:30pm

Saturday 8 - 10:30am


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711 W. McBean St. • Peoria, IL 61605 • Tel: (309) 671-3900 • Fax: (309) 671-3913