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

STEP-UP Chattanooga  is for HCDE Public School students in grades 10 - 12. 

How Does STEP-UP Work?

  1. APPLY - Apply online. Our 2019-2020 application is live. ​ The application will remain open until we reach capacity.  Please sign up early for training dates. 

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

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

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

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

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

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For more information, contact Janice Neal

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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

Be sure to complete your YouScience


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

Write down your work readiness training date when applying for STEP-UP. Save the date in your phone.

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

STEP-UP Work Readiness Training Dates

Dates for RETURNING Students:

Email us for further instructions.

Dates for NEW Students:

Contact your high school's college and career advisor on possible training opportunities.

Public Education Foundation

100 East 10th Street, Suite 500

423.265.9832 fax

423.265.9403 phone

Chattanooga, TN 37402

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