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February/March 2014

The RI Transition Academy at CCRI: Mid-Year Update

The students of the RI Transition Academy have been participating in lessons and community outings based on our monthly themes. February’s theme was Health and Wellness, and the students took tours of local health clubs to gain knowledge on ways to stay healthy as adults. They have toured Work Out World, Planet Fitness, Healthtrax and The Kent County YMCA. The students began to put together their presentation for the Dare to Dream conference in May with the help of Steve Kidd from the Gamm Theater. Their topic will be an interactive presentation on living a healthy lifestyle.

The March theme is Community. The students have explored ways to become active in their communities and have also taken some great tours of the RI State House, 911 Dispatch, the Warwick Police Department and still plan to tour the Superior Court.

The RI Transition Academy students have also been very busy putting the skills they have learned from the first part of the year into action. As part of their employment lessons each student has learned how to conduct him or herself on an interview. Lessons taught included do’s and don’ts of interviewing, preparing for interviewing and interviewing follow-up. In February and March the students have practiced their interviewing skills in the class at CCRI and have had the great opportunity to participate in real-life mock interviews in the community at Stop and Shop in Pawtucket and Dunkin Donuts in Warwick. We have also been lucky enough to develop a wonderful relationship with Mr. Azzarone, placement coach at New Horizons Computer training program. Mr. Azzarone was nice enough to give us a presentation after on interviewing skills, after our tour. We are well on our way towards fulfilling our goal to have the community BE our classroom.  

Each of the students is now participating in his or her second of three work internship experiences. These internships are based on the student’s individualized interest. Our business partners have been exceptional in providing natural supports to our students. The experiences our students’ gain from internship placement is extremely helpful for them to make informed choices for their future. We thank each and every employer for opening their doors to our students.

We have also had a celebration this semester: Nick H. has completed an internship at Pet Supplies Plus and was asked to fill out an application. Guess what? He was hired!!!! Congratulations Nick!

We are currently accepting applications for the 2014/15 school year!


Jason on a mock interview

Nick posing with his first paycheck!