Ready For Life Academy

Hope College, Holland, MI

Postsecondary Transition Program for People with Intellectual Disabilities Ages 18-26


  • Four-year collegiate experience
  • Community Living Support services for after school support, as requested



 After successful completion of the 4-year program, students will earn a Certificate of Completion.


Types of Jobs: Continuing Education or Training in various fields

Related Hope College Courses:

  • Political Science Courses
  • Art Courses
  • Theatre Courses
  • Music Courses
  • History Courses
  • Psychology Courses
  • Religion Courses
  • Encounter with Cultures
  • Cultural Heritage I & II

Business and Communication

Types of Jobs: Customer Service, Retail, Barista, Front-Desk or Receptionist, Hostess, Library, Service Work

Related Hope College Courses:

  • Business Courses
  • Communication Courses
  • Leadership Courses
  • Psychology Courses

Education and Children

Types of Jobs: Teacher’s Aide, Assistant Teacher, Daycare Center Attendant, Daycare Worker, Babysitter or Nanny

Related Hope College Courses:

  • Education Courses
  • Psychology Courses
  • Interdisciplinary Courses
  • Kinesiology Courses
  • Literacy Courses
  • Communications Courses

General Education Hope Classes (Required)
(Mulitple courses offered a semester)

  • Religion Course (REL 100)
  • Music OR Art OR Theater
  • English (ENG 113)
  • Health Dynamics (KIN 140)
  • Biology
  • Encounter with Cultures (IDS 200) OR Cultural Heritage
  • Psychology Course
  • History

Understanding and Helping Others

Types of Jobs: Retail, Service Work, Advocacy, Clerical Work at Hospital or Non-Profit, Church Assistant, Volunteer (service to area organizations and other), Retirement Home/Nursing Home, Personal Care Aide, Home Health Aide, Support Staff at a Fitness Center or Gym, Humane Society, Pet Day Care, Pet Supply Store Employee, Dog Trainer, Nature Center, Garden Center

Related Hope College Courses:

  • Biology Courses
  • Ministry Courses
  • Religion Courses
  • Psychology Courses
  • Sociology/Social Work Courses
  • Kinesiology Courses
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Political Science Courses
  • Communications Courses

Disclaimer: Some classes may not be available every semester. There is no guarantee that you will be placed in the classes you choose. Each semester, students should be placed in one class relating to their track of study and one required general education Hope College class. However, it depends on what Hope College is offering for classes each semester and the availability. There is a small chance you could be placed in other classes.

 PROGRAM COSTS based on 2023-24 Academic School Year

Meal plan7,560/year, assumes 21 meals/week at $12/meal
Books300/estimate per year
Spending Money450/year (assumes $15 per week)
Community Living Support7,200/year (assumes 12 hours/week at $20/week, can be paid by community Mental Health)


As much as we all prioritize academics, a major reason to attend a post-secondary transition program on a college campus is to have students participate in the many activities offered by the school. See link below for student opportunities offered at Hope College.

Come as you are. Join us. Invest actively in the life of the college. Explore new ideas and interests. Develop your leadership competencies. Be anchored in Hope. Working with 3,133 students is the best part of our day. Whether you have a big idea, a question or a concern, or you’re just looking …

Please contact us at [email protected] or 616-248-3775 for more information!