Red River College is working to help students with intellectual disabilities transition out of the classroom and into careers.

The college is beginning a pilot program called Transforming Futures this fall.

The 20 students accepted will learn employable skills while exploring job options. They can also fully integrate into RRC programming.

Finance Minister Jennifer Howard said this program will benefit more than just students.

“Not only because it's good for an individual to have a meaningful job and role in their community, but it's essential for our economy," said Howard.

According to the Canadian association for community living, about 70 per cent of adults with intellectual disabilities were unemployed or underemployed last year. They're also three times more likely to live in poverty.

The province is providing over $250,000 in funding for the program.

Registration begins June 9.