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The RI Transition Academy at CCRI Knight Campus

The RI Transition Academy at CCRI Knight Campus
The Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus
The RI Transition Academy at CCRI Knight Campus
Administration 144 Bignall Street
Warwick, RI 2888
Program Contact Kyle Johnson
Program Contact Email
Phone 401.941.8353 x124
Website Program website

The Rhode Island Transition Academy at CCRI is an alternative high school program for 18 to 22 year-old students with developmental and intellectual disabilities that provides classroom and community instruction in an adult learning environment. The program, based at the Community College of RI Knight Campus, Villa Del Rio Apartments, and in various community settings. RITA @CCRI utilizes a student-centered approach to teach functional academics, independent living skills, self-advocacy, community involvement, post secondary exploration. We assist our youth to strengthening the skills necessary for seeking, obtaining and maintaining employment and choosing the ingredients for a successful, satisfying life beyond high school. Most students participate for one school year. However, based on need and IEP Team recommendation, a student may return for an additional year. The program is funded by tuition from school districts with assistance from the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) for Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).

Program information submitted: March 16, 2022

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 20
School district or agency partner: RI Department of Education
Contact person: Jane Slade
Program serves students who have left high school? No, all of our students are still in high school
Deadline to apply to this program: none
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-22
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • OHI
Program length:
  • 1 year
  • 2 years
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 80.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 60.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $25000.00
Program fees: $400.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Local School District funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access: Students are encouraged to take courses beginning in the second half of the year if they are interested in attending college.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Financial literacy, functional life skills
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 1-24%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 45%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 65%
Additional information about career development and work experience: Comprehensive career development and counseling throughout
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 1-24%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation