The SBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a $15,000 multi-year grant ($5,000 each year for three years) from the Fund for Santa Barbara. The funding will support the Transitions program at Santa Barbara City College, providing formerly incarcerated individuals with a smooth transition from prison to community college.
SBCC’s Transitions program is part of EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services), a program designed to offer academic support, financial assistance, and encouragement for financially disadvantaged and/or academically underprepared students. The Transitions program was originally offered as a six-week summer bridge program, but now, thanks in part to Fund for Santa Barbara funding, students will access needed services throughout the school year. Participants benefit from peer mentorship, book grants, stipends, field education opportunities, and support in the navigation of the SBCC campus, all of which increase both retention and success rates.
According to a 2013 study by the RAND Corporation, formerly incarcerated individuals who participated in postsecondary education during and/or immediately after their release were 43 percent less likely to return to prison within three years of their release than those who did not. Santa Barbara City College students in the Transitions program are living proof that education is a successful form of intervention. The program changes individual lives, strengthens families and communities, and breaks the cycle of inter-generational incarceration.
Author: Jessica Tade