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 The Vision

NextStep Planning & Education provides hands-on experience for students wanting to learn the day-to-day responsibilities and functions for various career occupations. Students will have the opportunity to select a desired career concentration and enroll in a shadowing program offering different dates/times at available employers. At NextStep, we only partner with distinguished, licensed and certified employers all around the region. After attending a NextStep Planning & Education program, students will be more versed and confident in pursuing a career at a higher education level.


Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Gruber

NextStep Planning & Education was founded on January 9th, 2018 in Galloway, New Jersey. After attending Atlantic Cape Community College as an undecided major for a year, Chris decided to go down a different career path and enroll into Pennco Tech technical school. He received his electrician certifications for residential and commercial wiring. After working in the industry, Chris decided to go back to school full time and to successfully complete the rest of his credits to receive an Associate's Degree in Business Administration.

A lot of time was spent in the education system along with financial debt. Before entering into a bachelor's program, Chris wanted to come up with a new experience for high school students to try out different careers, without accumulating significant debt. After dedicating his time and effort into developing a way to solve the educational problem, the establishment of NextStep Planning & Education was created. This new unique service is dedicated to helping students get insight and hands on experience needed for a desired career.


Career Advisor & Student Services

Career Advisor & Student Services

Lexie Mayewski

Lexie Mayewski is NextStep’s Career and College Advisor. Lexie graduated from The Catholic University of America in 2016 with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering. During college, Lexie held roles as a Resident Assistant, The Lead Tour Guide for the Office of Admission and she even worked in the Office of the President as a member of the prestigious and selective President’s Society.

 Lexie began her career in construction after graduating, with a company she completed two years of internships with. Upon graduating and starting with this company, Lexie was chosen to interview new candidates and represent the company at career fairs as part of the recruiting team. 

 Through her work during college and post-grad, Lexie has seen her fair share of share of resumes, cover letters, thank you emails and college essays.

 In November 2018, Lexie kicked off her own business, helping her clients edit their professional documents and simplify the college admissions process. Lex May Edits has helped over forty clients from various backgrounds, markets, and in many different locations and phases in life. 

 Lexie is thrilled to bring her services to NextStep, helping clients find clarity as they enter the next chapter of their lives!