Puente events

Annual Events

In addition to the academics, there are multiple out-of-class events, activities, and field trips that make the Puente Project experience a unique and holistic program for our Puentistas. These activities serve to strengthen the interpersonal skills, create the ‘familia’ environment, and to expand the knowledge and horizons of our Puente students. While field trips, events, and activities may change from year-to-year, there are a few staple, cornerstone Puente Project activities that are part of the Puente Project tradition statewide. These events are a mandatory component of Cañada College’s Puente Project which all students are required to attend.



Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Mentee/Mentor Training and Community Building Puente Pride Day
Noche de Familia  The Art of Giving Back
Transfer Motivational Conference End-of-the-Year Celebration


Mentee/Mentor Training and Community Building

Puente students take part in a team building activity at the beginning of the fall semester. The activity is a great way to encourage team development, support, trust, leadership and personal goal-setting which is at the heart of the Puente Project mission.

Noche de Familia

Noche de Familia is a cornerstone Puente Project event. It validates the notion that students’ families are an integral part of their education. In addition, it takes into account the cultural relevance of family within the Latino student educational experience.

Transfer Motivational Conference

Each fall, the Northern and Southern California Regional Centers host a one-day student conference in their respective regions. The purpose of the conference is to introduce Puente students to a university campus, and expose them to leaders in various fields, relevant topics and issues, and the transfer process. Cañada Puente students get the opportunity to connect with the hundreds of other Puentistas from Northern California community colleges and start to expand their network of support.

Mentor mixer

A crucial component of the Puente Project entails connecting each student with a mentor, a professional who can serve as a role model and who can offer invaluable advice. The mentor mixer provides our students with the opportunity to meet various professionals who will share their academic and professional experiences with our Puente students.

University campus tours

In support of the transfer mission, Puente students will tour several University campuses, learn about the admissions and transfer processes as well as hear from a student panel of former transfer students. Specific universities will vary from year-to-year.

End-of-the-Year Celebration

The End-of-the-Year Celebration brings the Puente Project learning community to a close. It is celebrated in May of every year and is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our year together.