Palomar College Transitions Program: Rising Scholars Network

Welcome to the Palomar College Transitions Program: Rising Scholars Network and congratulations on taking the next step to your better, brighter, PalomarPowered future. As part of the Rising Scholars Network that spans California community colleges, the Palomar College Transitions Program supports currently and formerly incarcerated individuals as they become part of the Palomar College community.

The program encompasses two components: classes that take place at the Vista Detention Facility and an on-campus program (which is taking place online due to Covid-19 conditions until further notice). At the Vista Detention Facility, Palomar professors teach credit courses to currently incarcerated students. On campus at Palomar College, each year the Summer Transitions Program recruits formerly incarcerated and system-impacted students who form a cohort that, together, takes classes and participates in group activities. These summer classes and activities are open only to formerly incarcerated and system-impacted students and are designed specifically for Transitions students; refer to the Eligibility page to see if the Summer Transitions Program might be a fit for you. Formerly incarcerated and system-impacted students are also welcome to join the Transitions Collective and community throughout the year, whether or not they become part of the summer cohort.

Student Benefits

The Transitions Program comes with many benefits including but not limited to:

  • Tutoring and Peer Advising
  • Check-ins and community support throughout the week
  • Guest speakers, including formerly incarcerated people who are leaders in their fields
  • Counseling and student support services (academic and personal counseling, printing services, career counseling, and so on)

To apply for the Transitions Program contact Dr. Nora Kenney at or by phone at (760) 744-1150 x 3287. If you would like to begin the process of enrolling in Palomar College as a Transitions Program student, the process is outlined here, but Dr. Kenney can help you with this as well.

Read about our Program Support from Campus Police.