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Welcome to the Puente Project

¡Bienvenidos! We are excited you want to learn more about Puente!


About Puente

Puente means "bridge" in Spanish. The Puente Project is a national-award winning program that has helped tens of thousands of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors to future generations for over 30 years. The program was founded in 1981 at Chabot College in Hayward, California, and has since expanded to 60+ programs throughout the state of California and Texas.

As part of the program, Puente students take English 100 and Career 137 in the fall semester. They then take English 110 and Career 110 in the spring semester. During both semesters, Puente students take part in events, such as trips to university campuses, and they also receive mentoring from local professionals. Puente students work closely with their Puente counselor until they transfer to a four-year college or university.


Cañada College's Puente Project is designed for students who:

  1. Will enroll in the required English and Career classes each semester
    • Fall: English 105 and Career 137
    • Spring: English 110 and Career 110
  2. Are fascinated with Latino literature and culture
  3. Are interested in participating in out-of-class Puente Project fieldtrips and activities
    • Examples include: Transfer Motivational Conference, Noche de Familia, Mentor/mentee social mixers, End-of-the-Year Celebration, etc.
  4. Attend all class sessions
  5. Are interested in taking part in the Puente Mentoring component
  6. Are motivated to transfer and complete their educational goals


Interested in becoming part of the Puente familia?

Complete a Student Interest Form today! (Coming soon)

Once you complete the form the coordinators will contact you about the appropriate next steps. We look forward to serving you!

  • Click here for the 2019-20 Puente Project Flyer (Coming soon)
  • Click here for the fall 2019 Puente student event calendar (Coming soon)