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Palomar College Learning For Success

Transitions Program

From Corrections to College

About the Program

Goal of the Program

The goal of the Transitions Program assists formerly incarcerated individuals in pursuing their goal of beginning or continuing their college career. Through the multiple benefits the Transitions Program Offers, students will not only gain an education but also practical strategies for empowering themselves to reintegrate into their community and become active, responsible and lifelong learners. During the program, students will complete a journey of self-discovery that will help prepare them to make wise choices both in a college setting and in life outside of the college environment.

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Student Benefits

The Transitions Program comes with a multitude of benefits including but not limited to:

  • Tutoring and Peer Advising
  • A weekly field trip/team building activity on Fridays (e.g. team building that occurs at the Rope Course, Museum of Tolerance, Homeboy Industries, etc.)
  • Weekly guest speakers
  • Counseling and Student Support Services (e.g. Academic and Personal Counseling, Printing services, Career Counseling, etc.)

Student Commitment

  • Students are expected to attend school Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and attend field trips/team building activities on Fridays.
  • Students must enroll in the classes COUN 110 & SOC 170 (Part of the Learning Communities Program, learn about this great program here)

SOC 170 – (Transfer Acceptability: CSU/UC) This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Justice Studies. An analysis of justice will be explored using sociological, philosophical, historical, and legal perspectives and methodologies. The course will emphasize social justice issues in the United States, with an emphasis on systems of inequality that affect people of color, women and other marginalized groups.

COUN 110 – (Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC) Provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to reach their educational goals. Topics include academic learning strategies, college and life skills, diversity awareness and assessment of personal characteristics related to educational success. The role of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation and age in higher education and personal identity is a central theme of the course.