New DC service to help break down barriers to post-secondary education

Durham College is pleased to share the launch of its new RISE program in the Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions. Part of the Ontario Post-Secondary Access & Inclusion Program (OPAIP), RISE stands for reach, include, support and elevate, and aims to ensure equal opportunity exists for all Ontario residents to pursue a post-secondary education.

Replacing the First Generation initiative, RISE and its community partners, including school boards and agencies, will support any current or potential student who may need assistance overcoming barriers preventing them from considering, accessing or pursuing a post-secondary education.

RISE will offer one-on-one coaching to ensure a smooth academic and social transition to the post-secondary environment and facilitate and promote academic success by providing dynamic programming and making referrals to additional college and community services when needed.
For more information on RISE and its services, please visit