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Education after Incarceration​               
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What is Project Rise?

Project Rise is a program offered at  Santiago Canyon College - Division of Continuing Education (SCC-CE) designed to empower and support formerly incarcerated individuals.* Our goal is to provide the knowledge and resources needed to successfully complete an educational journey through providing individualized support.

 * Project Rise is an extension of the counseling    services SCC-CE currently provides in the   Orange County  jails.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Persons 18 years of age and over
  • Formerly incarcerated whether on or off parole/probation

Counseling for Formerly Incarcerated Students

  • Educational counseling
  • Career counseling
  • Personal counseling

Steps to Enroll

Schedule an appointment with a counselor Please call us at 714-628-5904

Contact your counselor by email:

Rosalba Hernandez                   
Albert Alvano        
 Anacany Torres

Talk to a counselor:Counseling Live-Chat​​

 Enroll in FREE classes

  • Short-Term Career Technical Training Certificates (CTE)
    • 3D Printing    
    • Custodial
    • Commercial Food Preparation
    • Digital Marketing Specialist
    • First-Line Supervisor/Manager, Office & Administrative Support Workers
    • Home-Based Business
    • Multi-Media Artist and Animators
    • Web Associate
  • GED/HiSET classes and free exam
  • Academic Skills
  • Adult High School Diploma Program
  • English as a Second Language

 Attend classes

Online and Online Live classes.


  • To qualify, students must enroll in and attend a minimum of 12 hours per week in 
  • SCC-Division of Continuing Education classes.
  • Personalized assistance with college credit enrollment and services
  • ​Access to tailored workshops and events specifically for individuals with an incarceration experience
  • Guidance on applying for financial aid and tuition waivers for college credit classes
  •  Access to community resources
  • ​Childcare
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Legal
  •  Assistance with job readiness
  • Resources and services for veterans through the SCC Veterans Service     Office (VSO)

 PROJECT RISE Brochure (Download PDF)​ 

Student Testimonials

“It's great to be treated like a real  human being, a person and not a former convict."  

“I learned a long time ago when resources are available that can change your life, you don't sit there. This [program] has been ​a miracle  for me." ​

“Rancho Santiago has had part in not only in my education but also in my recovery of life"