Rising Scholars

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What is Rising Scholars? 

In 2008, Santa Barbara City College launched the on-campus Rising Scholars Program (formerly known as the Transitions Program):  a comprehensive six-week summer bridge program to provide formerly incarcerated students with the opportunity to enroll and receive the academic and financial resources necessary to succeed at SBCC. Through College Success and Academic/Career Planning classes, formerly incarcerated students are assisted in clarifying their educational objectives and developing the academic and social skills necessary to achieve them.  

In 2015, The Rising Scholars Program expanded to the Santa Barbara County Jail with the SBCC Jail Education Program- creating a pathway from the Santa Barbara County Jail to the SBCC campus. Upon release, formerly incarcerated students are assisted in enrolling in on-campus coursework toward the pursuit of an associate degree, vocational or certificate program or transfer to a four-year university.

In 2019, SBCC was one of 44 community colleges awarded grants to establish or support existing programs and resources serving currently and formerly incarcerated students. The SBCC Rising Scholars Program aims to accomplish the following outcomes:

  • Increase opportunity and access for currently and formerly incarcerated students to higher education
  • Increase course retention rates among currently and formerly incarcerated students
  • Support strong academic performance by program participants
  • Promote informed and appropriate program pathway goals and objectives to help
    students attain high-quality, postsecondary credentials

How to apply?

  1. Apply to SBCC by completing the Admissions Application: www.sbcc.edu/apply
  2. Complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Complete the 2023-2024 California College Promise Grant
  4. Click "Join Rising Scholars" below and complete the Rising Scholars Application
  5. Contact Noel Gomez, Coordinator, Rising Scholars Program: gomezn@sbcc.edu

Student Responsibility  

  • Students must meet with Rising Scholars Academic Counselor once per semester (See contact info below).
  • Rising Scholars students must attend at least one program event once per semester

Rising Scholars Program Benefits & Resources

  • Application and Enrollment Assistance
  • Academic Counseling
  • FAFSA and Tuition/Fee Waiver Assistance
  • Support Group Sessions
  • CSU & UC Campus Visits
  • Partnerships with CSU Project Rebound and UC Underground Scholars
  • Laptop & Wi-Fi Hotspots
  • Tutoring
  • Book Grants & Supplies
  • On-campus Meal Plans
  • Educational Courses at SB County Jail
  • Career Counseling
  • Semester Personal Development 100 Course
  • Educational Workshops
  • Record Expungement
  • Rising Scholars Student Organization 
  • Caps and Gowns

Interested in the Rising Scholars Program?

To find out more about Rising Scholars and the application process, please contact:
Noel Gomez, Rising Scholars Program Coordinator
(805) 892-3653

Rising Scholars Academic Counseling:

If you have questions about classes, specific majors, certificate programs , transfer plans, or SBCC requirements please contact:
Ana Garcia, Rising Scholars Academic Counselor
(805) 730-4093

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Spring 2024 Hours

Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Available by appointment

Contact Us

Email: risingscholars@sbcc.edu
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Phone: (805) 892-3653