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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
Phone 843.953.4849

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 25, 2021

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: 34
Description of our summer transition program:
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 Admissions
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
  • Developmental disabilities
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 90.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $16000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $24000.00
Room and board: $11000.00
Program fees: $3300.00
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
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available: REACH Program Scholarships
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access: Students are able to
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
Information on special classes: REACH support courses are specialized sessions designed to provide essential support for success. These include: Transition to College of Charleston Writing Comprehension Introduction to Personal Finance Interpersonal Communication Community Engagement Advanced Personal Finance Career Exploration Now What?! Preparing for Life After College
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: College of Charleston REACH Certificate in the student's area of concentration
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 21%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 86%
We offer the following specialized credentials: All students have paid internships.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Students in the REACH Program are able to participate in any social activities on campus including, but not limited to: academic clubs, fraternities and sororities, and intramural sports.