Pacific Islander Asian American Resilience Integrity Self-Empowerment Education
The PRISE Learning Community is a student support program that enhances the experiences of Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian students at American River College. It is open to all students, including first-year, continuing, and returning students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Through dedicated courses; academic counseling and other resources; social and cultural activities; mentorship; educational workshops–it strives to foster a supportive and empowering learning environment and kinship among PRISE students. It aims to increase graduation and transfer rates while reducing opportunity gaps for historically disadvantaged students.
Students must join the PRISE Learning Community in order to access specific course offerings and services.
Opportunity to connect with the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) campus community: students, faculty, staff, and administratorsCourses that focus on topics relevant to the AAPI communities
- Courses that focus on topics relevant to the AAPI communities
- Caring faculty and staff
- University field trips (free transportation, lunch, campus tour
- Lending library and Study Groups
- Guest Speakers: scholarships, study skills, internships, etc
- AAPI Graduation Ceremony
- Social and cultural activities
- Opportunity connect with the Pacific Islander/Asian American community on and off campus
Students who participate in campus programs tend to have higher success rates–not to mention a more fulfilling college experience. The faculty/staff and other students you’ll meet in PRISE often become mentors, future job references, and friends who will cheer you on during your educational journey. Plus, it’s free to join and requirements are minimal!
Note: Course offerings vary each semester. Moreover, some courses have a limited number of spots available and/or require a permission number.
- ENGWR 300: College Composition
- ENGWR 301: English Composition Classes
- COMM 301: Introduction to Public Speaking
- ANTH 300: Biological Anthropology
- ETHNS 300: Introduction to Ethnic Studies
- PSYC 300: General Principles
- PSYC 330: Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PRISE courses are taught with a Pacific Islander and Asian American emphasis, highlighting the community college and cultural experience of these communities. While taking PRISE courses students will receive support inside and outside of the classrooms to promote a more cohesive, empowering, and supportive pathway to student success.
- Meet with PRISE/UNITE Center counselor once per semester
- Participate in PRISE activities and services (at least one activity per month)
- High level of motivation and dedication from the student
PRISE General Email:
PRISE General Phone:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Want to Join PRISE?
In order to join PRISE, please fill out and submit this form. If you have questions or need help filling out the form, contact Caroline Prieto.