On May 1 and May 2, the Jr. RISE program held their first annual “Signing Day” for more than 200 Luther Burbank and Hiram Johnson High School students entering California Community Colleges. Students were full of joy and appreciation as they celebrated a victory they may not have envisioned as an 11th grader. Parents and teachers came out to celebrate and pat each other on the back for a job well done. Administrators also came out to celebrate and give words of wisdom and encouragement.
Jr. RISE, the high school branch of RISE, supports at-risk students to graduate from high school and successfully transition into community college. Jr. RISE outreach staff and adjunct counselors assist students daily with tutoring, academic counseling, after-school college prep classes, and college applications.
On campus at Sac City, RISE continues the support by welcoming students into an academic family environment that connects them to various academic support services including EOPS, Puente, UMOJA, SAGE, Transfer Center, Career Center, MESA, SESI, and DSPS. RISE strives to expose students to transfer opportunities and employment opportunities while they work towards their academic and career goals.