SAN MARCOS — A trailblazing program at Palomar College that is helping formerly incarcerated students get back on their feet was recognized at the 2019 North County Excellence in Economic Development luncheon in Carlsbad on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Known as “Transitions,” the program was named the Higher Education award winner from the San Diego North Economic Development Council (SDNEDC).

Transitions provides a tight-knit and supportive community on campus for students who have served time in correctional facilities. In 2018, Palomar also introduced the first for-credit college classes at the Vista Detention Facility, in a pioneering partnership with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Classes offered range from English Composition and Reading Skills to Sociology and Statistics/Behavioral Sciences.

The program helps previously incarcerated individuals make a smooth transition from the California criminal justice system into Palomar College and the communities where they live. Among other things, Transitions provides resources and connections to meet students’ basic needs so they can concentrate on their chosen field of study, reintegrate into the community, and become successful, lifelong learners.