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Gain great on-the-job experience and professional skills for your future. Build important workplace skills in customer service, office communication, project management, computer technology, and more to strengthen your résumé and set you apart from other candidates for future college and job applications.

STEP-UP Chattanooga is available for Hamilton County public school students in grades 10 - 12. 

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How Does STEP-UP Work?

APPLY - Apply online. Our 2023-2024 application is open for new and returning students. ​ The application will remain open until we reach capacity. 


GET TRAINED - Participate in one mandatory work-readiness and soft skills training. (Dec. - Feb)

GET MATCHED - You will be matched with an employer based on your skills, interests, and aptitude. (March)


INTERVIEW & GET HIRED - Interview with the employer you were matched to. We guarantee an interview, but not every student will be hired. (March-April)

GET TO WORK - Work at your summer job from June to early August.

STAY CONNECTED - Participate in additional STEP-UP leadership and career focused events.


Helpful Tips

APPLY EARLY. Work readiness training dates fill up fast. 

Check ACT/SAT dates and other obligations before choosing your work readiness training date.

See training

dates below

On the application, you will be asked to write a short essay on"Why I Want to Participate in STEP-UP Chattanooga."

Be sure to check grammar & spelling

Write down your work readiness training date when applying for

STEP-UP. Save the date in your phone.

When applying you will need to have an email address, know your mailing address, cell number, parent email, and parent/guardian cell number.

Actively participate and engage in STEP-UP events and activities!

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step-up work readiness training dates

Dates for RETURNING Students:

Dates for NEW Students:


Thursday, January 4, 2024- 9am-1pm (Zoom)

Saturday, January 20, 2024 - 9am-1pm (Zoom)

Monday, February 19, 2024 - 9am-1pm (Zoom)

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