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In an effort to reduce th​e spread of COVID-19, classes are being conducted via a distance ​​education format until further notice.
En un esfuerzo por reducir la propagación de COVID-19, las clases se llevarán a cabo a través de un formato de educación en línea hasta nuevo aviso.

OEC-Online counseling

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

Attend counseling appointment at:
Santiago Canyon College
Division of Continuing Education 
8045 E. Chapman Ave., Room U-80  
Orange, CA 92869
SCC-​Division of Continuing Education 
OEC Provisional Education Facility (CHAP)
1937 W. Chapman Ave. (2nd floor)    
Orange, CA 92868

 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

           Some programs may require an assessment

 Attend classes

Open enrollment. You can begin classes at any time.


· Free Student ID
    Free student picture ID when enrolled in Continuing Education classes.

· Free OCTA Bus Pass
    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"