RISING Program

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RISING (Re-entering Incarcerated and System Impacted Navigating Greatness) Program

The RISING 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.

The RISING Program is being developed by the passion and dedication of the RISING Program Advisory Committee  comprised of faculty, classified professionals, managers and students.

Check out our VIP Welcome Week   presentation!


If you would like to connect with the RISING Program, receive support and information, and learn about upcoming events and services please complete our application form:

RISING Application Form

To make an appointment with a RISING Program Academic Counselor, please email RISING@smc.edu and we will reply to schedule your appointment. Appointments are available on Tuesdays through Fridays, and some Saturdays.

Upcoming RISING Events

More events coming soon!

RISING Program

Email: RISING@smc.edu 


Nick Bravo, Giovanni Ochoa, Grace Santiago


Nick Mata, Interim Dean of Special Programs

Rebecca Romo, Faculty, Philosophy and Social Sciences

RISING Resources

Free General, Employment, Food, Housing, and Legal resources in the local LA County Area. 




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