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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 Therese Munroe Curran
Phone 401.941.8353 x124

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 24, 2021

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: 19
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: June
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, DD
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 95.00%
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 $24500.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Local School District funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Achievement
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 40%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
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
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%