Local employers are experiencing a significant lack of potential employees with specific skills needed. At the same time, many students are underperforming, often not having needed job skills or motivation to gain post-secondary education. The goal is for students to have a job waiting or to have been accepted to a college program (either for a degree or for a certificate program), in areas where they will have meaningful employment options.
REACH is helping address the gap between employer needs and worker skills, ensuring students will have the tools to be skilled employees or to complete post-secondary programs. This intensive program is a unique program in that it is private-sector led, rather than led by the academic arena. This model is being looked at by other communities in the region and throughout the state.