Student Support

RISING Program


Student Services Center

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.

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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 and we will reply to schedule your appointment. Appointments are available on Tuesdays through Fridays, and some Saturdays.


RISING Program



Nick Bravo & Grace Santiago


Nick Mata, Dean of Special Programs

Rebecca Romo, Faculty, Philosophy and Social Sciences