Through a partnership at Hope College, Calvin University and Ferris State University, Ready For Life Academy(RFLA) has a local presence on their campuses in Holland, Grand Rapids, and Big Rapids Michigan, respectively.  This provides post-secondary 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 College or University offers non-credit earning classes which 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 a college environment. Each of our instructors at RFLA is engaged to assist each student in daily personal planning, and partners with Hope College, Calvin University and 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 RFLA students as an additional support.

RFLA students are provided 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 you would like to attend a visit day click on this link please contact us at or call (616) 248-3775.