Palomar College Rising Scholars Program (formerly the Transitions Program)

Congratulations on taking the next step to your better, brighter, PalomarPowered future and welcome to Palomar College Rising Scholars. Palomar College Rising Scholars comprise a thriving community of formerly incarcerated people dedicated to personal and professional success. The program is also a proud member of the Rising Scholars Network that supports currently and formerly incarcerated individuals across the state.

The program encompasses two components: classes that take place at the Vista Detention Facility and an on-campus program. At the Vista Detention Facility, Palomar professors teach credit courses to currently incarcerated students. On campus at Palomar College, formerly incarcerated students can join the program anytime. We also offer a summer program.  Rising Scholars students can also join the Transitions Collective student group for extracurricular activities.

Program Benefits

Rising Scholars can take advantage of 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
  • Assistance with basic needs such as transportation, books, and other financial resources
  • Counseling and student support services (academic and personal counseling, printing services, career counseling, and so on)

To join or get more information about the Rising Scholars Program, contact us at or by phone at (760) 744-1150 x 2648. If you would like to begin the process of enrolling in Palomar College as a Rising Scholars (Transitions) Program student, the process is outlined here.

Read about our Program Support from Campus Police.

A group picture of Rising Scholars - men and women smiling in a classroom