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REACH Program

REACH Program
College of Charleston
REACH Program
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
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Program Contact Edie Cusack
Email reachprogram@cofc.edu
Phone 843.953.4849
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

The REACH Program at the College of Charleston is a four-year, fully-inclusive certificate program for students with mild intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The Reach Program promotes the advancement of knowledge and skill in the areas of academics, socialization, independent living, and career development and has been nationally recognized for its commitment to full inclusion and self-determination. Students in the REACH Program are able to participate in all activities offered by the College of Charleston, with individualized support for success. These include: -Attending traditional classes (with modifications and support);  -Living in traditional on-campus housing and residence halls; -Completing internships; -Participation in campus clubs, activities, and organizations; and mentoring.

Program information submitted: February 15, 2022

General
Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 38
Description of our summer transition program:
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling
Criteria for admission
  • The student is not under guardianship
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 22.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 80.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $16000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $24000.00
Annual room and board: $8000.00
Additional costs: $0.00
Meal plan
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Academic
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) Typical college courses for audit
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? Yes
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Students take STEM-related courses? Yes
Information on special classes: One support course per semester
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 75-99%
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Briefly describe remote learning at your program Students may enroll in remote learning if the course is only offered in that format or they chose to take one remote learning course during the 4 year program.
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: College of Charleston REACH Certificate in [name area of concentration]
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Do students earn STEM-related certificates? Yes
Students participate in these campus-wide events
  • IHE Student orientation
  • IHE Family orientation
  • IHE Graduation
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 80%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities