Through the generosity of Hope and Calvin College, Ready For Life has a local presence on their campuses in Holland and Grand Rapids, Michigan, respectively.  This provides post-secondary educational experiences for college-aged individuals diagnosed with cognitive, learning, or social 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 colleges offer non-credit earning classes which are intentionally selected for the RFL students to attend. The curriculum used at Ready For Life focuses on transition skills to help students gain independence and job skills and are also taught to supplement the college classes the students attend.

Ready For Life provides support systems to ensure each student is provided the resources they need to succeed in a college environment. Each of our instructors at Ready For Life is engaged to assist each student in daily personal planning, and partners with Hope and Calvin College professors to adapt the academic materials from the college courses each student is taking. Hope and Calvin College students also volunteer as academic and social mentors to Ready For Life students as an additional support.

Ready For Life students are guests on campus. This provides them the opportunity to participate in campus activities and attend sporting events free of charge, with a level of support system.

If you would like more information about this program, or would like to attend a visit day, please contact us at or call (616) 248-3775.