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When do classes begin? What days a week?

Next Step Winter/Spring Quarter/Semester 2017 Class List


Introduction to Graphic Arts LAB

Course Description:

The major emphasis of this Graphic Arts course is to provide students with an understanding of careers in graphic arts and printing technology. Representative topics include printing enterprise, art, and copy p[reparation, graphic design, image generation and assembly, reproduction photography, graphic reproduction operations, binding and finishing related to digital imaging, lithography, and screen printing. This course will provide students with project-based experiences in basic graphic arts and printing processes. Students will learn contemporary technological tools, software and methods in the diverse workplace environments involving graphic arts. This course also introduces students to the role of graphic arts occupations, and will help them understand how to make effective decisions using career information, and manage personal career plans in the field of graphic arts. Location: (NS-Lab-M/W/F 9:30a-11:00a)


Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Jeff Foster


New World of Work-21st Century Skills- LAB/MPR

Course Description:

This is a course offered with encouragement from the co-creator Rajinder Gill, MS Education, of The New World of Work at Feather River College. The Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework of California Community/Vocational Colleges, collaborates with employers, workforce development boards, educators, and research organizations across the country to build career-ready, 21st century employability skills. A variety of technical and technology driven activities are accessible to every level of adult learner. Next Step is a program that is dedicated to improve the quality accessibility, and use of student outcomes data and labor market information for career technical education (CTE). Location (NS-Lab-T/Th 9:30-11:00a) T/Th class begins 1/17/17 (MPR-M/W/F 9:30-11:00) MPR-is subject to change due to scheduling conflicts.


Prerequisite: None
Instructor: TBD


Life & Career Strategies II

Course Description:

Instructor driven course continues to prepare students for their fieldwork experience by focusing on a variety of career exploration activities. Get Focused…Stay Focused, your path to Personal Success and Self-Sufficiency will be implemented and encouraged for all individuals to become life-long learners. Personal success, will be individualized and encouraged. Internship and/or job development options will be pursued upon mastery of these activities and/or skills. Introduction of My Ten-Year Plan, which all learners will take with them as a type of Life Style Journal, offered on line. This is a semester course that will end May 26, 2017 (Note Fridays are Lab hours only-Instructional Aids/and or Instructors are available for individual counsel) Location: (NS-Lab-M/T/W/Th/F 12:30p.-2:00p.)


Prerequisite: Life & Career Strategies I (preferred but not required)
Instructor: TBD


Computer Applications II

Course Description:

This course enhances what students learned in Computer Applications I, while continuing to work within the Google Classroom and MS Project. Students will learn to work with various types of diagrams, as well as how to work with Project to plan and track projects using a variety of resources. This is a hands-on course where students will work extensively with the software to develop projects based on individual interests and course of study. It is designed for the IT industry, but the skills learned can translate to any industry. Location: (NS-Lab-MWF 2:05p-3:30p)


Prerequisite: Computer Applications I or equivalent
Instructor: TBD


Course Title: Career Development II

Course Description:

 This course offers adult learners with another perspective on personal excellence, independent living skills, general life skills, life purpose, conflict resolution, teamwork skills, responsibility, and workplace success. This course also uses Ted Talks, YouTube and the Google virtual Classroom, as well as featuring an interactive e-book by noted Educator Bob Barry, Youth Job and Career Excellence. Location: (NS Lab T/Th 2:05-3:30p)


Prerequisite: Career Development II (or equivalent)
Instructor: TBD


PVSA Training-(Professional, Vocational, Social Adjustment)

Course Description:

 Work place social skills, including being respectful, dangers of flirting/sexual harassment, leaving personal problems outside of work, joking, etc. Problem solving, cooperation, self-control. Interview preparedness, test of interpersonal competence for employment test. Interview practice, job search, mock interview, you’re hired packet, exit interview. Most new students will take this course as an introduction to Next Step and our educational partners. (NS-T/Th 9:30a-11:30a) This class will begin Tuesday, February 7, 2017.


Prerequisite: None
Instructor: TBD


Medical Front Office

Course Description:

 This course is a hybrid and a prerequisite to Medical Billing and Coding, it offers the opportunity to learn skills in bookkeeping and office procedures, billing and collecting, computerized electronic claim processing, scheduling computerized appointments, tracing delinquent claims, health insurance plans, along with medical terminology. Location: (BAS F Street-T/W/Th 2:00p.- 5:00p) This course begins February 7, 2017


Prerequisite: Basic Computer Literacy
Instructor: TBD



Do I qualify for enrollment?

The Next Step™ program has been specifically designed to serve young, transition age individuals (18-29) with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Executive Functioning Disorders, ADHD, and other learning disabilities that may lead to barriers to employment. Students that will be considered for entry into this program should possess a high school diploma or certificate of completion/attendance.

All students will need to furnish Next Step™ with a copy of their high school transcripts, and our office may be inclined to request them from your previous school. Every student will need to sign a records release form in our office. Parents can complete this short survey to help us understand your child a little better.

At this point, we are unable to run concurrently with any high school continuing education programs. Students that are currently enrolled with the Kern High School District will not become eligible until they complete and exit that program.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

How do I Enroll?

You may visit our Enrollment page here for information. As well as complete our Enrollment Form.

General Information

What is a 504 plan?

The 504 Plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment.

What is an IEP?

The Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction and related services.

What is the ‘Tech Hire’ Initiative?

The TechHire initiative builds on what the work communities have already started to connect more Americans to well-paying technology jobs through a potent combination of new tools and training models. In March 2015, the President announced that 21 communities committed to take action – with each other and with more than 300 national employers – to expand access to tech jobs as they work to surface and support local employer demand. In June, during the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the President set the goal to double the number of communities participating in the TechHire Initiative to reach 42 in the first year. Learn More