Ready for Life Academy

Life and Career Studies Certificate, Comprehensive Postsecondary Education Certificate

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Degree Overview

Ready For Life Academy is a Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary program that equips students with intellectual disabilities to flourish in life.

Through active participation in campus life, person-centered planning, and individualized learning, the Ready For Life Academy (RFLA) empowers you to transition successfully into a fulfilling post-school life. At Calvin, you’ll find a learning environment that cultivates your gifts and fosters skills you’ll need to thrive.

You will learn alongside your peers in the college classroom and take specialized courses that address practical skills like financial literacy, employment readiness, relationships, and independent living. You have the opportunity to earn one of two certificates—and as you do, you’ll grow in confidence and independence.

For more details about the Ready For Life Academy, browse the information on this page or reach out to us with your questions.

Program Distinctives

Rock-solid education - The RFLA is a four-year program in which students can pursue one of two certificates—Life and Career Studies or Comprehensive Postsecondary Education. Students can choose from seven different concentrations, including arts and music, creation care, and ministry and human services.
Promotes healthy living - Students will learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle that balances individual responsibility and social connection—and they'll acquire the skills to maintain that balance in their lives going forward.
Connected to community - RFLA students don't learn in isolation—they take classes, engage in community events, volunteer, live in the residence halls, work in community internships, and take part in campus life alongside their peers.
Transitioning well - Certified instructors work with each student to help them gain the skills and knowledge to make the transition into adult life. Calvin faculty value each student's unique gifts and situation, and work with students individually to help them achieve their goals.

Degree Information

Life and Career Studies Certificate
  • Overview

    The Ready For Life Academy (RFLA) at Calvin University engages college students with intellectual or developmental disability in life and career education. Through person-centered planning, students have the opportunity to explore various career paths, select courses supportive of career goals, and experience supports designed to enhance life skills competencies. The Life and Career Studies Certificate requires completion of the program requirements and at least twenty elective credits in inclusive college courses. The RFLA serves students with intellectual and developmental disability who desire to expand their independence, learning, and community membership through postsecondary education.

  • Learning Outcomes

    Students who complete the Life and Career Studies certificate will experience:

    • Improved self-confidence, independence, communication, and community awareness
    • Meaningful friendships across campus
    • Community inclusion
    • Person-centered planning and customized internships
    • Opportunity to grow academically, physically, socially, and spiritually
  • Admission

    Application materials (click to download)

  • Program Courses

    Program Requirements

    Inclusive college courses

    • 20 – 57 credits of self-selected courses in your area(s) of interest

    Life Skills (8 credits)

    • RFLA 101 - Consumer Spending
    • RFLA 102 - Budget Building
    • RFLA 103 - Managing Money
    • RFLA 104 - Financial Literacy

    Relationships (8 credits)

    • RFLA 111 - Peer Relationships
    • RFLA 112 - Social Thinking
    • RFLA 113 - Digital Communication and Literacy
    • RFLA 114 - Communication

    Employment (8 credits)

    • RFLA 121 - Personal Management
    • RFLA 122 - Career Management
    • RFLA 123 - Life Management
    • RFLA 124 - Making the Effort: Success in the Workplace
    • RFLA 380 - Internship

    Independent Living (8 credits)

    • RFLA 131 - Moving Out on Your Own
    • RFLA 132 - Everyday Household Tasks
    • RFLA 133 - Health and Safety
    • RFLA 134 - Sexuality and Wellness

    Optional Electives

    • RFLA 163 - Ready For Life First-Year Seminar
    • RFLA 164 - Senior Seminar
    • RFLA 151 - Introduction to the Research Process
    • RFLA 152 - Effective Communication: Design and Presentation
    • RFLA 153 - Extending Your Research: Digital Communication
    • RFLA 171 - Current Events
    • RFLA 172 - Literacy
    • RFLA 390 - Independent Study

Comprehensive Postsecondary Education Certificate
  • Overview
    The Ready for Life Academy (RFLA) at Calvin University engages college students with intellectual or developmental disability in comprehensive transition education. Through person-centered planning, students have the opportunity to explore various career paths, select courses supportive of career goals, and experience supports designed to enhance life skills competencies. The Comprehensive Postsecondary Education Certificate requires completion of the program requirements, RFLA core, and of one of seven concentrations:

    The RFLA serves students with intellectual and developmental disability who desire to expand their independence, learning, and community membership through postsecondary education.

  • Learning Outcomes

    Students who complete the Comprehensive Postsecondary Education certificate will experience:

    • A course of study tailored to individual interests, gifts, and abilities
    • On- and off-campus internships, beginning in the first year of the program, customized and aligned with the course of study
    • Improved self-confidence, independence, communication, and community awareness
    • Meaningful friendships across campus
    • Community inclusion
    • Person-centered planning
    • Opportunity to grow academically, physically, socially, and spiritually
  • Admission

    Application materials (click to download)

  • Program Courses

    Program Requirements

    Inclusive college courses

    • 21-24 credits in a concentration of your choice
    • 21-24 credits from the Calvin liberal arts core

    Life Skills (8 credits)

    • RFLA 101 - Consumer Spending
    • RFLA 102 - Budget Building
    • RFLA 103 - Managing Money
    • RFLA 104 - Financial Literacy

    Relationships (8 credits)

    • RFLA 111 - Peer Relationships
    • RFLA 112 - Social Thinking
    • RFLA 113 - Digital Communication and Literacy
    • RFLA 114 - Communication

    Employment (8 credits)

    • RFLA 121 - Personal Management
    • RFLA 122 - Career Management
    • RFLA 123 - Life Management
    • RFLA 124 - Making the Effort: Success in the Workplace
    • RFLA 380 - Internship

    Independent Living (8 credits)

    • RFLA 131 - Moving Out on Your Own
    • RFLA 132 - Everyday Household Tasks
    • RFLA 133 - Health and Safety
    • RFLA 134 - Sexuality and Wellness

    Seminars

    • RFLA 163 - Ready for Life First-Year Seminar
    • RFLA 164 - Senior Seminar

    Genius Hour

    • RFLA 151 - Introduction to the Research Process
    • RFLA 152 - Effective Communication: Design and Presentation
    • RFLA 153 - Extending Your Research: Digital Communication

    Optional Electives

    • RFLA 171 - Current Events
    • RFLA 172 - Literacy
    • RFLA 390 - Independent Study

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Calvin's Ready For Life Academy program is associated with the Ready For Life Network, which provides opportunities for young adults with cognitive, learning and social disabilities. Learn more »

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