In 2012, a group of key community stakeholders formed S.T.E.P. (Strategic Twin-Counties Education Partnership) as educational 501 (c) (3) non-profit for the sole purpose of improving the education of students in the region.
S.T.E.P.'s intital goals were:
- Identify root causes of and key leverage points to improved low student achievement in the areas of:
- Enhancement of Partnerships with K-12 schools, community colleges and business and industry