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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
Website Program website

Founded in September 2002, the R.I. Transition Academy (RITA) is the longest running transition program in Rhode Island.

RITA is a program for 18-22 year-olds who have IEPs, located on the campus of a Rhode Island local college. This program is geared toward individuals who have completed the academic courses necessary for graduation but would benefit from an additional year to acquire employment skills, functional life skills and social skills to better prepare for adult life. The R.I. Transition Academy provides students with classroom and community instruction in an adult learning environment.

Each student will participate in a minimum of three unpaid internships for up to 6-week periods in areas of interest to them based on assessments and interests. RITA participates with a wide variety of local business partners located throughout the state. While at the job sites students will gain the career skills and confidence to be able to obtain a job with minimal supports and develop an understanding of their own skills, interests, and related jobs.

At RITA, students explore monthly “themes” related to the big picture of working and living independently. Each month, students will research jobs and community resources, tour a variety of local businesses, meet with hiring managers, and participate in informational interviews.

Program information submitted: January 24, 2023

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: 17
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
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • The student is not under guardianship
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Developmental Disabilities, LD
Program length: 1 year
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 5.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $24000.00
Program fees: $100.00
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 enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
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:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Health services
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 94%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 94%
Additional information about career development and work experience: Students participate in a minimum of 3 internships and are encouraged to accept paid employment
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): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Club sports
  • Campus events