The mission of STEP is to develop student employees into exceptional leaders skilled to enter a professional career upon graduation. The program focuses on providing students with experiences that will enhance their ability to grow in the following areas; self-knowledge, critical thinking, integrity, communication, initiative and technical expertise. The team of professional staff is also dedicated to providing students with practice-oriented experiences in the areas of event management, sound engineering, lighting design and AV production.


STEP CORE COMPETENCIES (Transferable skills)

The Core Competencies and transferable skills are those abilities that can be useful in many different settings.  They can make you qualified to enter into many different fields even though you may not have specific education or experience in that area.  Your position will allow you to progressively develop a variety of skills in a supportive environment where you can improve upon your weaker abilities, monopolize on your strengths, learn from your mistakes, and create your own personal character in the work setting.  The following list identifies only some of the skills that you will develop during your time working with us.  The list is not all-inclusive.

Leadership – the ability to motivate others, develop and implement programs, delegate responsibility, and lead by example.

Communication – the ability to listen to others objectively, paraphrase the content of the message, speak effectively, use various forms of written communication through written reports, etc.

Planning and Organization – the ability to identify alternative courses of action, accommodate multiple demands and requests, prioritize, establish goals and follow through on fulfilling these goals, manage time effectively, and predict future trends and patterns.

Event Planning – the ability to effectively plan programs, understanding what it takes to coordinate a successful event.

Management and Administrative Skills – the ability to analyze tasks, identify people and resources useful to the solution of a problem, delegate responsibility, manage time effectively, and successfully complete the formal training needed to do a job well.

Interpersonal and Human Relations Skills – the ability to interact effectively with peers, colleagues and supervisors, the ability to work well in a group, express feelings appropriately, understand the feelings of others, contribute in staff meetings, and share in staff responsibilities.

Informational Management Skills – the ability to problem solve, sort data and objects, compile and rank information, apply information creatively to problems or tasks, synthesize facts, concepts and principles, understand and use organizing principles, evaluate information against appropriate standards.

Critical Thinking Skills – the ability to identify quickly and accurately the critical issues when making a decision or solving a problem, identify problems and needs, identify information sources appropriate to a problem or need, and formulate questions to clarify a problem.

Valuing Skills – the ability to assess a course of action in terms of its long-range effects on the general human welfare, make decisions that will maximize both individual and collective good, and the ability to use ethical thinking and decision-making when solving issues.