Shasta Technical Education Program-Unified Partnership​


STEP-UP’s mission is to provide academic, logistical, and limited financial support for students who have been formerly incarcerated and/or have suffered from alcohol or drug addiction.

STEP-UP utilizes restorative justice to provide a second chance for students who have made poor choices at some point in their lives. Our program combines support with accountability and community to assist students in making the transition to becoming successful, contributing members of our community.​​

STEP-UP stands for the Shasta Technical Education Program-Unified Partnership and is a partnership between the: 
  • ​Shasta County Sheriff and Probation Departments
  • Tehama County Probation and Sheriff Department
  • Trinity County Sheriff and Probation Department
  • California Department of Adult Parole Operations​
  • Good News Rescue Mission
  • California Heritage YouthBuild Academy
  • Tehama County Job Training Center
  • Butte County Office of Education
STEP-UP is an educational and vocational training program that provides formerly incarcerated students and students who are currently under court directed supervision with financial, administrative, and educational support. Students in STEP-UP pursue certificates in technical education (CTE) and/or Associate’s Degrees in a variety of vocational and academic programs which when completed will position them for immediate employability in our community. Students receive hands-on instruction and the opportunity to apply instruction received in practical situations through internships, industry consortiums, etc. The goal of the STEP-UP Program is to provide the community with trained, drug-free workers while reducing recidivism, making our community a safer place. 

Benefits of being a part of STEP-UP 

STEP-UP Increases students employability by providing them with training that will qualify them for industry certifications such as the American Welding Society, Automotive Service Excellence, Class A Driver’s License, and logging industry certification. STEP-UP provides students with the added value of being exposed to leadership classes which increase their value to a potential employer. Finally STEP-UP rigorously enforces accountability while stressing the vital importance of being a drug free employee.


“STEP-UP has provided me the tools to actually be successful in work and in life” 
​- Aaron P., STEP-UP Student