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About REACh

REACh is a non-profit consortium of academic institutions representing technical, vocational, undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, as well as businesses, organizations and individuals committed to adult learners throughout the Chicagoland area.

Central to our mission is providing adult learners with information and accessibility to educational and financial resources that promote their personal growth and professional advancement.

Our members include academic institutions representing technical, vocational, undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, financial institutions, and civic minded corporations.

The association was formally incorporated in 1988 and has grown to include approximately 50 member institutions throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

Mission statement

REACh is a consortium of academic institutions, businesses, and other interested organizations and individuals whose mission is to present educational opportunities to adult learners in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Central to the mission is a commitment to provide them with information and accessibility to educational and financial resources.

As a result, adult learners will enhance their personal growth, increase their career potential to themselves and their employers, and emerge as enlightened members of a global community.

Continuing education is necessary to compete in today's global marketplace.

Consider these facts:

  • The adult learner population is the most rapidly growing segment among college populations
  • Nearly 50 percent of all college students are over the age of 25 years
  • The average adult will change careers 7-10 times during their lifetime.  These changes will require new skills, knowledge, and values. Education can help bridge the gap in meeting these continuously changing competencies.
  • Productivity increases when employers support continuing educational opportunities for their employees

Services

Central to REACh's mission is a commitment to provide adult learners with information and accessibility to educational and financial resources.

As a result, adult learners will enhance their personal growth, increase their career potential to themselves and their employers and emerge as enlightened members of a global community.  Our services include:

  • Educational fairs
  • Access to multiple institutions in one convenient location
  • Assistance in arranging educational events
  • Education-related seminars and workshops
  • Admissions and academic advising for employees
  • Membership directory and program information
  • Speaker's bureau
  • Central information source for approximately 50 colleges, universities, and financial aid institutions
  • Adult Learner Scholarship Program
  • Customized services available on request