NextStep Academic Support Programs

Be a NextStep Partner High School or Vocational College!

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Secondary School Program Partnerships


Are you a Private High School that would like to help prepare students for continued success?  

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Vocational College Program Partnerships


Are you a Private Vocational College that would like to help prepare our members for continued success?  

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High School Partnership Programs

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Community Foundation Program

This program is supported through a Private High School partnership. This is a full year program, that is best for youth 13+ years who are preparing to leave secondary school being granted a Certificate of Accomplishment, having not met the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the Ontario Secondary School Certificate. The Certificate of Accomplishment may be a useful means of recognizing achievement for students who plan to take certain kinds of further training, or who plan to find employment directly after leaving school. The Community Foundations program is flexible and focuses on personal development, instructing students on the skills necessary to be good community members, to have flexible thinking, make their own choices and to manage challenging situations.

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Academic STEP Program

This program is supported through a Private Vocational College partnership. It is best for participants who are 18yrs+ and want to work on both continuing education and independent living skills. Course Content helps prepare you with the prerequisite skills needed for entry as a mature student, in accordance with the guidelines from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Depending on abilities, needs and working levels, students may participate in the our academic foundation program multiple times or accommodate pace of instruction for particular learning needs.


Participants concurrently participate in our Community STEP program to work to increase independence in the community. Participants are supported to socialize with peers. Learning groups are staffed at a 3:1 - 6:1 participant to staff ratio. Activity fees extra.

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Interested in a Post-Secondary Diploma or Certificate?

Complete the Following Diploma or Certificate Programs with a Vocational College Partner, with work placement and guaranteed employment upon completion. Spaces limited!


  • Food Service Worker Course. Certified Food Service Workers include counter attendants, food preparers, kitchen helpers, food service helpers, and dishwashers.


  • Food Handler Certification. Having this certification can increase the marketability of personal support worker and food service workers. 


  • Accounting, Payroll, and Business Administrator Course. Prerequisite skills for Group Administrator position with NextStep Support.


  • Building Superintendent Certificate Course. Prerequisite skills for Building Maintenance position with NextStep Support. 


  • Personal Support Worker Course. Prerequisite for  companion and personal support work positions with NextStep Support


  • CPR & First Aid. Prerequisite for all Community Facilitator and Group Facilitator positions with NextStep Support, in addition to other prerequisite skills.

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Professional Development & Upgrading for NextStep Employees

Flexible Thinking Training

Flexible thinking is being able to adapt to new situations, break down complex tasks into simpler tasks, and shift strategies to meet different types of challenges.

Perspective Taking Training

Perspective Taking Training is being able to recognize differing perspectives exist for any particular challenge or situation.

Sympathy & Empathy Training

Sympathy and Empathy Training is being able to recognize how one might think or feeling about differing challenges and situations. 

Community Facilitator Training

Prerequisite for all Community Facilitator positions with NextStep Support, in addition to CPR & First Aid.

Group Facilitator Training

Prerequisite for all Group Facilitator positions with NextStep Support, in addition to CPR & First Aid.

Group Coordinator Training

Prerequisite for all Group Coordinator positions with NextStep Support.

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