Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships
901 S. State Street, STR 313
Big Rapids, MI 49307
In collaboration with Ferris State University, Ready For Life Academy(RFLA) has a local presence on the University campus in Big Rapids Michigan. The [email protected] program provides postsecondary educational experiences for college-aged individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities.
Each student begins the program by building a student-centered learning plan to develop realistic learning objectives, and identify areas of natural talent to be further developed. Based on the student’s interests and abilities the program offers opportunities for the students to audit or earn college credit. The courses are intentionally selected for the RFLA students to attend. The curriculum used at RFLA focuses on transition skills to help students gain independence and job skills.
RFLA provides support systems to ensure each student is provided the resources they need to succeed in the University environment. The [email protected] instructor is engaged to assist each student in daily personal planning, and partners with Ferris State University professors to adapt the academic materials from the college courses each student is taking. College students also volunteer as academic and social mentors to [email protected] students as an additional support.