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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.

Puente Project History

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.

Puente Students

  • Succeed academically
  • Are recognized as leaders and scholars
  • Graduate from four-year colleges and universities
  • Belong to a statewide network of leaders and professionals

The Puente Program

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

English Instruction

Puente students take two consecutive writing classes, English 105 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.

Outstanding Results

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

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

  • Will enroll in the required English and Career classes each semester: Fall 2021 (English 105 and Career 137) and Spring 2022 (English 110 and Career 110)
  • Are fascinated with Latinx literature and culture
  • 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.
  • Attend all class sessions
  • Are interested in taking part in the Puente Mentoring component
  • Are motivated to transfer and complete their educational goals. 

Interested in becoming part of the Puente familia?

Puente is now accepting Student Interest Forms for 2021-22.

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