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College of Charleston REACH program highlighted at Conference

Posted by: Erin Blevins | December 3, 2015 | No Comment |

Former College of Charleston President George Benson, Dr. Lynne E. Ford, AVP, Academic Experience, Edie Cusack, Director, REACH, and Betsy Harper, Mentor Coordinator, REACH represented the College of Charleston at the State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Fairfax, Virginia November 13-15, 2015.

Center of photo:  Former CofC President Benson, Edie Cusack, REACH Director with other conference participants.

Stephanie Smith Lee, Former CofC President Benson, Edie Cusack, REACH Director , and Madeline Will.

During the conference, Edie Cusack served in an advisory role discussing national trends and accreditation with experts in the field: Dr. Meg Grigal, Deb Hart, Madeline Will, and Stephanie Smith Lee.   George Benson and Lynne E. Ford participated in the Keynote Administrator’s Panel. George Benson served on this panel, alongside Dr. Sharon Shields from Vanderbilt, and Dr. Terri Shelton from University of North Carolina at Greensboro while Lynne E. Ford acted as the moderator for the panel. Betsy Harper presented on the mentoring component of the REACH Program.  She shared with those that attended her session the philosophy of the REACH Program and the details of mentoring component explaining how mentors are recruited, trained and retained.


The REACH Program at the College of Charleston is a four-year, fully-inclusive certificate program for students with mild intellectual and/or development disabilities that promotes the advancement of knowledge and skill in the areas of: academics, socialization, independent living and career development.

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