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RISING Program

Formerly Incarcerated/ System Impacted Support



Explore RISING Program

The RISING (Re-Entering Incarcerated and System Impacted Navigating Greatness) Program provides support services to formerly incarcerated and system impacted students enrolling at Santa Monica College.

The RISING Program is committed to empowering students with the successful transition into college after incarceration. RISING supports the enrollment, retention, graduation, and transfer of system impacted and formerly incarcerated students and aims to support the academic, social, and emotional well-being of participants by providing services that are focused on access, equity and inclusion.

Discover RISING Program

Learn about resources and access to RISING program services.

Connect to RISING program student support

RISING program offers a variety of ways to connect to student services and support.

RISING Program Counseling

You can request an in-person, phone, or zoom video appointment by emailing Prior to reaching out to schedule an appointment, please be sure to complete the RISING application form.

RISING Program Application


RISING Program Hours and Contact Information

For questions regarding our application, eligibility, program requirements, you can email RISING at or call us at (310) 434-8856. 

Spring 2023 Hours of Operation:

Mondays: 8am-11pm

Wednesdays: 7am-3:30pm

Thursdays: 8am-11:30am

Fridays: 8am-4:30pm

Saturdays: 9am-12pm


RISING Program Workshops & Events

Learn about upcoming RISING workshops and events related to financial aid, academic support, legal services and wellness. Currently all workshops will be hosted remotely via zoom.

RISING Program Website

Thrive with RISING Program Navigation Tools

Utilize these tools to successfully navigate Student Equity Center services and resources.