About Us

As a part of Elder High School, we follow the principles of Altiora,

"Strive for the higher things."

About Tech-Reach

An established leader in the revitalization of Price Hill, in 2003, Elder High School completed the Jerome A. Schaeper Center, a state-of-the-art technical teaching facility. The same year, the Tech-Reach outreach program was created to utilize the new facility and the School's technical and educational resources for the good of the community. From the start, private donations and foundation grants have funded Tech-Reach programming and operating expenses, enabling participants to benefit at little or no cost to themselves.

Since 2013, Tech-Reach has linked the community to the resources necessary to advance economically, academically, and socially. Since the first Tech-Reach class, over 10,000 individuals have benefited from Tech-Reach sponsored courses, conferences, services, and community events.

Our Mission

to improve quality of life for the people of Price Hill, and enhance the area's livability, through accessible technology, education, and community- building experiences

Who We Are

Guided by Director Nancy House, Elder's Tech-Reach collaborates with other non-profits to deliver low-cost/no-cost educational programs and community-building events for the people and organizations of Price Hill and Greater Cincinnati. Through needs assessments and collaborative program development, Tech-Reach provides services that speak directly to the aspirations of individuals, organizations, and community groups.

Each year, Tech-Reach welcomes thousands of adults to the Schaeper Center for Community Adult Education, Professional Development conferences, VITA Tax Preparation, Community Development meetings, and Community Celebrations. Tech-Reach also delivers school-based educator workshops, parent support services, and computer-enhanced learning to children and youth.

Our History

2003

The Schaeper Center is Built

Serving as the epicenter for technology, the Schaeper Center contains facilities that allow Elder High School students to utilize the best in technology for the classroom environment.

Picture of the Schaeper Center Entrance
Tech-Reach is Formed

The idea for Elder High School's technology outreach (Tech-Reach) program emerged during Elder High School's Vision 2020 capital and endowment campaign, which was responsible for the creation of the Schaeper Center. Utilizing the new Schaeper Center technical and educational facility, the outreach program was designed to help fulfill part of the original vision - Elder High School's leadership role in the community.

Under the leadership of Mr. Jerry Hamburg, the first Tech-Reach classes officially began with computer lessons for local children.

Picture of Jerry Hamburg

2004

Barbara Bruner-Leik Becomes Director

Prior to Tech-Reach, Barbara was a program director at the YMCA where she ran summer camps and after-school programs. From 8/1999 through 6/2003 Barbara was the director of a preschool lab where she taught Early Childhood Education classes to high school students interested in working in child centered careers.

Picture of Barbara Bruner-Leik
Expanding Partnerships

Tech-Reach expanded partnerships with various non-profit organizations. Some of these new partnerships include the summer Computer Camp for children from Carson and Dunham, Staff Training classes for Santa maria Services, and a Math Discovery tutoring program ran in association with The Women's Connection.

2005

New Year, New Summer Camps

Tech-Reach partnered with the YMCA's Child Development Services to begin an enrichment program for local elementary school students, while also housing a summer computer camp for local disadvantaged children.

2006

Summer Computer Camp Begins

A children's summer computer camp with the Alcoholism Council of Cincinnati is started, as well as a Computer Keyboarding Camp for St. Teresa of Avila and St. William schools. Adult evening computer classes continued to grow in popularity.

Picture of Summer Computer Camp
Sister Nancy Kinross Becomes Tech-Reach Director

Sr. Nancy Kinross, C.PPS., was Elder's Tech-Reach Director from July, 2006, through July, 2011. Prior to Tech-Reach, Sr. Nancy taught high school math, served as a school principal, and directed a non-profit agency in Cincinnati. Sr. Nancy now serves as Vice President of her religious order, Sisters of the Precious Blood, in Dayton, Ohio.

Picture of Nancy Kinross
First Free VITA Tax Preparation Service

Tech-Reach helped organize and host the West Side's first free VITA tax preparation services for low-income filers, in partnership with the IRS, Santa Maria Community Services, The Women's Connection, Legal Aid of Greater Cincinnati, the College of Mount Saint Joseph, the Order of Sisters of Charity, and volunteers from banks, accounting firms, area colleges and other non-profits.

Picture from the VITA Tax Preparation Service

2007

Expanded Offerings and New Operations Database

Expanded computer course offerings and set up the first Tech-Reach operations database. Invited non-profits Price Hill Will and Harmony Gardens to bring the first Price Hill Health Fairs for Women and Girls to Elder's Schaeper Center.

2008

First Youth Photography Project

Tech-Reach hosted Price Hill Will's first summertime Youth Photography Project - a program that teaches Middle School aged children from Price Hill to record the natural beauty and cultural treasures found in their own community. In the Schaeper Center computer labs, children then learn to use Adobe Photoshop to design marketable gifts and decorative items later displayed and sold in a local gallery. This program has enriched the lives of children each summer through 2015.

Picture of Youth Photography Student
Expanding Direct Marketing

Established professional quality automated direct marketing procedures to double the number of individuals taking computer classes at Elder's Schaeper Center.

2009

Curriculum Expansions and Entertainment

Tech-Reach expanded its Adult Computer Literacy curriculum, hosted more community-building events and started a Summer Tennis Camp for children in Elder's new Panther Athletic Center, on Quebec Avenue.

Picture of the Tennis Camp
Enhancing Professional Development Training

Reached out to Price Hill Catholic elementary schools and non-profit agencies to provide technology-enhanced professional development trainings in Elder's Schaeper Center.

2010

Providing Opportunities for Everyone

Collaborated with The Women's Connection to introduce local high school girls to computers and after-school computer-assisted homework support.

2011

Shifting After-School Programs

Shifted after-school Math Discovery enrichment for children to the newly established after-school homework help programs at neighborhood schools. Facilitated the smooth transition to new Tech-Reach Director Nancy House

Nancy House Becomes Tech-Reach Director

Nancy House, our current director, began her time with Tech-Reach. Nancy House received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Secondary Teaching Credential from Northwestern University and her Masters in Human Behavior from Alliant University (formerly U.S. International University). Before becoming Director of Tech-Reach, Nancy House had been a Program Developer, Director, Consultant, and Trainer for various educational, social, and rehabilitative services for children, adults, and families.

Picture of Nancy House

2012

Computer Class Changes

The Tech-Reach computer classes are redesigned as a course of study.

2013

Continued Community Building

Tech-Reach continues to expand its community outreach with new community-building, multi-cultural activities & events, and including Mount St. Joseph University student volunteers in service delivery.

Picture of Computer Camp Student and MSJ Student Volunteer

2014

New ABLE/GED Programs

Tech-Reach added instruction by Great Oaks ABLE/GED and the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati for an integrated, technology-enabled adult education outreach, serving a multi-cultural population.

Picture of ABLE/GED Class
Professional Development

For 2014-2016, the Educator Professional Development Program focuses on educator response to child trauma.

Image of Educator Professional Development Conference

2015

Today

Tech-Reach continues to offer adult education classes, children's programming, educator and social service professional development, free VITA tax preparation and e-filing for low-income filers, and community-building and enrichment activities in partnership with colleges and universities, high schools and elementary schools, governmental agencies, and other non-profit organizations.

Picture of UC Research Project