College Search


Bismarck State College
1500 Edwards Ave
Bismarck, ND 58506
Program Contact Kate Millner
Program Contact Email
Phone 701-224-5479
Website Program website

REACH @ BSC (Reaching Employment Academic and Community Heights at Bismarck State College) is an inclusive college program for students ages 18 to 26 with intellectual disabilities. REACH @ BSC is located at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota. Students participating in the REACH @ BSC program attend college classes at Bismarck State College either for credit or for audit along with fellow BSC students who do not have disabilities. REACH students will attend college, take inclusive courses to earn meaningful credentials, complete community employment experiences and learn important independent living and social skills while engaged in campus and residence life.

Students participating in the REACH @ BSC program have an opportunity to earn a Certificate of Achievement in Community Employment provided by REACH @ BSC. The program of study for this certificate has been reviewed by Think College and supported via technical support from the IMPCCT Consortium. This program of study includes coursework at Bismarck State College as well as additional individualized and group trainings in the areas of Academic Access, Career Development, Self-Determination, and Campus Membership.

REACH @ BSC is a partner in the North Dakota Inclusive Model Pathways to College and Career Training Consortium and is supported through grant funding made available through Minot State University and the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities. MSU-NDCPD has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education – Office of Post-Secondary Education under the Transition and Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSDID) (PR/Award #P407A200032 / CFDA #84.407A) to implement the IMPCCT Consortium.

The mission of BSC’s REACH program is to offer high-quality applied learning to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to achieve independence, community integration, and employment.

The vision of BSC’s REACH program is to be a regional model for applied learning and career preparation for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

The goal of REACH @ BSC is to prepare students to live increasingly independent lives and pursue meaningful careers in their communities.

Program information submitted: March 31, 2022

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 3
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
Program length:
  • 1 year
  • 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

Fall 2021 was the first semester – 3 of 3 students returned for Spring 2022

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $2463.24
Room and board: $6516.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Achievement in Community Employment provided by REACH@BSC
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Eligible to earn any BSC credential/degree

Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
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
  • Inclusive off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes