Project Step Up

Sioux City Office
Office Hours: Monday- Friday - 8 am – 4:30 pm
HoChunk Centre - 600 4th St., Suite 222 - Sioux City, IA 51101 - P: 712-255-7167 - F: 712-233-1230

Winnebago Office
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday - 8 am – 4:30 pm
Winnebago Tribe Education Office - 1 Mission Drive - Winnebago, NE 68071 - (White Modular at St. Augustine’s Mission Hill) - P: 402-878-2631 - F: 402-878-2637

Mission Statement - To support Native American students in obtaining skills that lead to lifelong self-sufficiency.

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Staff

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About

Project Step Up is a Department of Education – Native American Career & Technical Education Program grant project. The Project strives to provide direct students support to Native Americans students who are students who are interested in approved fields under the Early Childhood Education, Health, and Industrial Maintenance areas of study. 

Many times our everyday life struggles hinder our academic paths. Project Step Up would like to assist students in overcoming those struggles to ensure they complete college to obtain industry recognized credentials and degrees. Achieving our academic goals will ensure a sustainable future for yourself and families.

Application process starts here after filling out please see the check list to ensure you have submitted all required documents before for file is complete for the Winnebago Steering Committee reviews and makes final decision of acceptance or denial.

Project Step Up Partnered Institutions:

 

Health

Program of Study

Credential Earned

Institution

Administrative Assistant- Medical

AAS

Diploma

 

Western Iowa Tech

Northeast Community College

Dental Assistant

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Paramedic- EMS

Diploma

AAS

Western Iowa Tech

Medical Assistant

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Medical Coding Specialist

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Northeast Community College

Medical Secretary

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Medical Transcriptionist

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Nursing

Diploma

AAS

Western Iowa Tech

Northeast Community College

Pharmacy Technician

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Physical Therapist

AAS

Western Iowa Tech

Pre-Dental Hygiene

AS

Western Iowa Tech

Surgical Technology

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Surgical Technology

AAS

Western Iowa Tech

Early Childhood Education

Program

Credential Earned

Institutions

Early Childhood Education

AA

Western Iowa Tech

Little Priest Tribal College

Nebraska Indian Community College

Northeast Community College

Early Childhood Education Curriculum

AAS

Western Iowa Tech

Early Childhood Education Studies

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Education- Paraprofessional

AA

Northeast Community College

Industrial Maintenance & Mechanics

Program of Study

Credential Earned

Institution

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration*

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Carpentry

Diploma

Nebraska Indian Community College

Construction

Diploma

AAS

Western Iowa Tech

Construction

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Electrician

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Drafting- Industrial Facility

AAS

Northeast Community College

Industrial Plant Technology

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Manufacturing

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Mechanical Engineering Technology

AAS

Western Iowa Tech

Advanced Welding

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Qualified Welding

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Welding

Diploma

Northeast Community College

Wind Turbine Maintenance Specialist

Diploma

Western Iowa Tech

Wind Energy Technician

AAS

Western Iowa Tech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Application
  • Check List
  • PSU Contract
  • Time Sheet

Tuition

Project Step Up assumes responsibility for costs of tuition, books, and fees not covered by financial aid. Project Step Up funding should be considered a secondary source to student financial aid. Due to eligibility requirements that are reviewed after each semester any additional cost for future semesters will need to be approved by Project Step Up or is the responsibility of the student. If student remains eligible for financial assistance a new agreement for financial responsibility will be sent to the institution.

Books and Fees

Project Step Up will grant by semester only. Tuition and fees must not exceed $2,028 per semester, per student. Approval for assistance with the total costs will be approved through the Project Steering Committee.  *Funding assistance is based on availability. 

Class tools and book assistance will be funded at a maximum of $750 per academic year. Must apply for all available financial aid funding through students individual tribe and federal aid offered through the school. Step Up is a supplemental funding program after all funding has been exhausted. 

a) All PELL grant, federal aid, and other financial including tribal higher education scholarships must be used towards college costs before Step Up funds can be applied. 

b) Written commitment of financial responsibility for uncovered costs will be made to the educational institution only. 

To remain eligible for a stipend for class attendance the following needs to be turned in:

a) Stipend Log Sheet –For each class attended the times should be written down and initialed by instructor to verify attendance. Students will be paid $7.25 for each hours they are attending class. 

b) Progress Report – A progress report must be submitted on a bi-weekly basis along with the stipend log sheet showing that the student is making satisfactory academic progress. If any of the students’ grades are below a “C” average the stipend will not be paid out until a “C” average I reached. 

Student must maintain a “C” average and/or a 2.0 GPA and maintain good attendance (67%) to remain eligible for Step Up assistance. Student will submit a bi-weekly progress report to ensure academic progress is being made. If it is not, Tutoring assistance may be available to encourage academic success. 

Any false reporting of grades or attendance will call immediate dismissal from Project Step Up.

Probation – Students who do not receive a 2.0 GPA and/or a “C” average for each class enrolled will be eligible for 1 semester immediately following unsuccessful semester. All the above terms will continue to be in effect for the Probationary semester. 

Needing Childcare?

  • Childcare Application

Mileage Reimbursement Eligibility

  • Project Step Up needs your valid Driver’s License and Insurance on your vehicle.
  • Mileage will include from your residence to your College and Back to your residence.
  • Mileage will be accounted to your class schedule. 

Scholarships

  • Winnebago Higher Education Application
  • Western Iowa Tech scholarships
  • Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship
  • American Indian College Fund 

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska- NACTEP

The Project will continue to work with higher education institutions to offer quality educational programs that will prepare students in obtaining industry-recognized credentials to obtain gainful employment.  The institutions identified are:  Little Priest Tribal College, Nebraska Indian Community College, Northeast Community College, and Western Iowa Technical Community College.  A detailed memorandum of understanding has been established with each institution in order to provide career and technical education services to Native American students participating in the Step Up Project.  

Participants are assisted with the institutional application process from the point of initial contact. The Step Up Project provides an extensive orientation with students regarding program expectations, institutional expectations, and participant academic standards.  During orientation participants complete a student support survey.  The survey allows participants the opportunity to state their individual needs.

It has been identified that participants were struggling with outside obstacles that hindered attendance in their individual programs of study.  Two of these barriers included transportation and childcare.  These barriers have been addressed by offering mileage reimbursement and childcare reimbursement as increased tools of support.  The reimbursement programs are processed with student stipend payments on a bi-weekly basis.  For those students who lack their own transportation, a partnership has been established with the Winnebago Tribal Transit program.  The Transit program is notified of the individual class schedule to coordinate the best route for the participant.  The cost is reverted to the Step Up Project. 

Additional support is given to vocational students who are in need of required tools and equipment.  With all support the student’s financial needs analysis is reviewed to ensure that the Project support does not exceed the student’s financial need per the institutional financial aid office.

Participants are eligible for a stipend to provide financial support while a Step Up Project student.  Students must be enrolled in a diploma or degree program at one of the partnered institutions.  The stipend is paid directly to students on a bi-weekly basis following attendance and academic progress verifications.  

To be eligible for a stipend, a participant must:

  1. Be enrolled in a career and technical education program funded under the Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP).
  2. Meet the educational institutions attendance requirements.
  3. Maintain satisfactory progress (C average) in the program of study and comply with the training institutions published standards for satisfactory progress.  Students will show satisfactory academic progress by providing a bi-weekly progress report showing current grade.
  4. Student will submit a stipend log (timesheet) showing actual number of hours participated in career and technical education.   The log will be signed by both student and instructor to reflect accurate and true hours.
  5. Have an acute economic need as defined by the HHS Poverty Guidelines, that prevents participation in the project funded under this program without a stipend and that cannot be met through a work-study program.
  6. A student may only be awarded a stipend, if the stipend combined with other resources the student receives, does not exceed the student’s financial need.  A student’s financial need is the difference between the students’ cost of attendance and the financial aid or other resources available to defray the student’s cost of participating in Project Step Up.

All student payments follow the financial procedures of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and are processed by the tribal finance department.  

Soft skills training related to the work environment will include how to successfully interact within the social environment in education and workplace environments which is often associated with acquiring and retaining employment.  Skill sets focused on will include gaining insight into unspoken employer expectations, improving interpersonal skills for managing stress, time management, communication, how to express concerns, and problem solving.  Currently, all participants complete the Workin It Out soft skill curriculum developed by Dr. Steve Parese.  All staff attend the 3-day train the trainer workshop to deliver the material to participants.  Evaluations are collected from participants to gain information on the delivery and content of the workshop.  

By increasing the focus on participant employability skills it ensures that participants are prepared to obtain gainful employment after acquiring their industry-recognized credentials.

  • Employment Resources

The sole purpose for the Project Step Up is to get you employable to with obtained industry – recognized credentials. 

  • Career Coach
  • Career Assessment
  • Resume Builder
  • ihaveaplan.gov
  • Job Fairs