R1TS stands for Region 1 Transition Services. The R1TS Programs are Transition specific classes for young adult students who have special needs and live within the Region 1, Kent County School Districts. The school districts include: Cedar Springs, Comstock Park, Kenowa Hills, Kent City, Northview, Rockford and Sparta. There are currently three programs based in Rockford and one program based in Cedar Springs.
All R1TS participants must have completed at least four years of high school where they have met the academic requirements for a certificate of completion, but need additional support in reaching their Transition goals.
R1TS programs help provide the necessary support and training for students who are not quite ready to meet the demands of life after high school. R1TS concentrates on the four areas of Transition: Employment, Post-Secondary Education, Community Involvement and Home Living. All programs require students to be able to communicate needs and tend to personal management issues, as they work toward their identified IEP Transition goals.
The R1TS programs work to empower and motivate young adults to realize their capabilities, dreams, and potential. This is accomplished through strong collaboration with students, parents, staff, Region 1, KISD, and the community. We strive to help each participant gain independence through community integration using a “person-centered Transition planning” approach.
Rockford is designed for participants who are more independent and show evidence that they will be safe and secure within the community without educational staff present. They also must have potential for competitive employment, including a desire to work. Students are expected to reach their goals within one to two years.
Rockford is designed for participants who require supervision as they learn community job skills in small groups with a staff member/coach. Participants receive support throughout their Transition training but do not require one-on-one assistance or supervision.
Rockford is designed for participants who need training in regards to safety, communication, and social skills necessary for community integration. Participants do not require one-on-one supervision but practice in small groups at the base site or community environments and through volunteer activities.
Cedar Springs is designed for participants who need training in regards to safety, communication, and social skills necessary for community integration. Participants do not require one-on-one supervision but practice in small groups at the base site or community environments and through volunteer activities.