The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is pleased to announce the availability of funding for the Rising Scholars Network.  Serving incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students is core to the California Community Colleges’ mission, critical to the Chancellor’s DEI Call to Action, and closely aligns with the Vision for Success goal to reduce equity gaps among traditionally underrepresented student groups.  The California Community Colleges’ Rising Scholars programs now reach and serve almost 20,000 justice-involved students both on campus and in prisons, jails, and juvenile detention centers throughout the state. The Chancellor’s Office has built a strong foundation to serve this student population by providing quality technical assistance.

Additional information and resources are available at Rising Scholars Network web page


The Rising Scholars Network is just one of many initiatives aligned with the Vision for Success goals. This program’s overarching objective is to expand the number of justice-involved students participating and succeeding in the community colleges. To accomplish this, successful grantees must focus relentlessly on the following Vision goals:

  • Increase the number of California Community College students annually who acquire associate degrees, credentials, certificates, or specific skill sets that prepare them for an in-demand job;
  • Increase the number of California Community College students transferring annually to a University of California (UC), the California State University (CSU) or four-year independent colleges/universities;
  • Decrease the average number of units accumulated by California Community College students earning associate degrees;
  • Reduce equity gaps across all of the above measures through faster improvements among traditionally underrepresented student groups.

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