Advancing Students Toward Education and Employment Program
ASTEP Is a two to three year comprehensive transition and postsecondary (PSE) program for young adults ages 18 to 26 with intellectual disabilities (ID).
This program is coordinated by the NDCPD (North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities), and is located on the Minot State University (MSU) campus, in collaboration with the satellite Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) Campus.
ASTEP is implemented through a person-centered planning process that focuses on career, academic, social, community, and independent living goals.
ID as the primary or secondary disability
Age 18 to 26
IDEA Eligible or previously IDEA Eligible
No ACT or SAT required but recommended
Social Graduation (Unsigned Diploma/May be currently on IEP while attending ASTEP) or High School Diploma
Have practical literacy skills to support interacting with college level material
Ability to follow University Code of Conduct
Safety skills in unsupervised settings
Motivation and interest to attend college and be employed