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Puente

Overview

The Puente Project is a national award-winning program that has improved the college-going rate of tens of thousands of California’s educationally underrepresented students since 1981.

Puente Project Mission Statement

The mission of the Puente Project is to increase the number of educationally underserved students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors to succeeding generations.

If you are interested in learning more about Puente, please drop-in to one of our informational Zoom sessions below: 

Zoom Session 01:Friday, July 30 at 11 a.m.

Zoom Session 02:Friday, August 6 at 3 p.m.

Zoom Session 03:Friday, August 13 at 12 p.m.

Outstanding Results

  • Over 7,000 students have enrolled in the Puente community college program.
  • Over 2,500 proffessionals donate over 18,000 hours anually to Puente Students.
  • An estimated 200,000 non-Puente students have benefited from Puente's staff development.
  • Community colleges with Puente programs transfer 44 percent more Latino students to the University of California than colleges without Puente.

Many components work together to prepare Puente students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities:

Puente students take two consecutive writing classes, English 105 (equivalent to English 100) and English 110. These classes provide a supportive and stimulating environment for Puente students to build confidence in their writing skills through an exploration of the Mexican American/ Latinx experience.
Puente students take two consecutive counseling classes, Career 137 and Career 110. These classes help students explore career options, develop an academic educational plan and identify lifetime goals. Students visit University of California and California State University campuses and attend an annual Puente student transfer conference. Puente students work closely with their Puente counselor until they graduate.
Puente students are matched with mentors from the business or professional community. Mentors share with students their personal, academic and career experiences, and provide a window into "real life" work environments. The network of trained Puente mentors provides many resources for the Puente students, their families, their colleges, and the community.

History of the Puente Project

Started in 1981 at Chabot Community College in Hayward, California, the program has since expanded to 4 middle schools, 38 high schools and 65 community colleges throughout the state. Puente staff train middle school, high school and community college instructors and counselors to implement a program of rigorous instruction, focused academic counseling, and mentoring by members of the community. Puente's staff training programs have benefited approximately 300,000 students across the state. Puente is open to all students.