REACH OUT PROGRAM
The History of Thurston Group
Reach Out Program
The purpose of the Reach Out Program is to help students gain:
This program will benefit students, your communities,
colleges/universities the participating school districts in the
- Students can build on established
relationships, allowing for the development of Articulation
Agreements between Washington State’s Community College and HBCU’s.
will enhance the Community College graduating seniors matriculate
directly into a four-year HBCU with Junior Status, acceptance into
the college/university. This would require negotiated agreements on
the curriculum and transfer of credits. This will encourage students
to start their college education in familiar surrounding and
transfer to a successful Bachelor and Master Degree graduates.
In turn, your
institution would provide the North Thurston Public School and other
districts with student teachers. They will serve as educators,
mentors and tutors for students in the Northwest and recruiters for
your institution. The student of color enrollment in the Northwest
is less than 8%. State teachers will have the opportunity to work
with students other than ethnic background. Our efforts will result
in students of color embracing education to realize their long-term
of Washington State will follow the matriculation students through
the transfer process from community college and students from your
college/university to the Northwest for student teaching. Students
of color will gain the teacher ratio that will certainly improve
teacher/student relationship. The Thurston Group and local community
will provide relocation assistance to the interns and student
teachers. We would like you and your institutions to be the
foundation for the concept of educating students and returning them
to their communities as Interns and Educators.
These opportunities will initially be available throughout Thurston
County and surrounding areas. In the future other School Districts and
Community Colleges, throughout the Northwest, will become a part of the
Reach Out Program. Participating Students will also be able to seek
employment in other fields offered at Community Colleges and other
Northwest employing companies and organizations.
of Washington State has developed eight areas of the Reach Out Program.
These Eight Elements of the “Reach Out Program” areas are as follows:
Historically Black Colleges &
Universities (HBCU’s) – Is the key element in the
Reach Out Program. The program begins with the opportunities HBCU’s our
students for higher education. The HBCU’s will then continue to work
with the TGWS in the development of the “Sister School Relationships,”
and provide qualified Student Teachers to be hired as teachers in
Community Colleges in Washington
State – Students will be able to transfer from a
participating community college directly onto a four year
college/university as a junior. In turn the HBCU’s will supply community
colleges with students who met the colleges’ requirement for short or
long-term employment. They would also participate in a staff exchange
between the HBCU”s and the community College.
Districts in Washington State – This element allow
students who are attending HBCU’s, in the field of education, to return
to Washington State to do their student teaching, and become certified
teachers. It also provides an avenue for other students from these
colleges/universities, wishing to do their student teaching in
Washington State Colleges &
Universities – Assist independent Washington State
Colleges & Universities, who are affiliated with national religious
organizations, in establishing an active “Sister School Relationship”
with HBCU’s of the same affiliation.
Superintendent of Public Instructions – Assist
Superintendent developing a program to ensure out-of-state Student
Teachers obtain “Washington State Teaching Certification.”
in Washington State – Develop a partnership with
businesses/corporations and students to provide Internships or
Apprenticeships, or to provide summer employment for students attending
the participating colleges/universities. Both areas address a student’s
immediate and long-term need for employment and work experience
in Washington State – Those churches affiliated
with the participating college/universities would provide watch-care for
those students who are participating in the Reach Out Program.
– “It takes a Village to Raise a Child.” The success of the program
weighs heavily on members of the community who are willing to provide
housing, watch care, support and encouragement, and be an external
family to those participating students.
PROGRAMS IN PLACE
TGWS has developed linking partnerships Thurston County Schools, Bremerton,
Puyallup and Tumwater School Districts, for Student Teaching opportunities and
local community colleges for Sister School Partnership and Relationships. These
arrangements will establish a smooth working relationship between these
institutions in order to facilitate activities and opportunities for returning
Northwest Students of Color. By working with the, Thurston Group of Washington
State, these programs provide a support system for these returning students.
HCBU’s and Thurston County have begun to communicate on these issues and
possible opportunities. We continue to reach out to other colleges and
Group of Washington State assist in establishing communications through site
visits, meeting, and correspondence. It will be ongoing and on an
as-needed-basis, to carry out the intent and spirit of the Reach Out Program.
This process has already begun. Thurston Group of Washington State Reach Out
Program and participating colleges and universities are currently drafting
agreements through the Reach Out Program.
We encourage your active
participation in the Reach Out Program.
If you are interested in
volunteering or participating in the Reach Out Program please contact us: (360) 459-9067.