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Puente Project

The Puente Project is a transfer preparation program designed to increase the number of educationally underserved students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to their communities as mentors. The program is offered as a partnership between the University of California and the California Community Colleges.

Puente works! Data has proven that Puente students transfer at over twice the average rate of non-Puente students.

Puente Project students:

  • are taught by Puente-trained teachers and counselors.
  • take a rigorous two-course English class sequence (ENGL 142B & ENGL 1A) with a focus on Latino and multicultural authors.
  • take personal development classes (PSYCH 103A & PSYCH 103B) focused on college success, transfer preparation and self-exploration.
  • work closely with their Puente counselors to prepare an academic plan, focus on academic and professional goals, and transfer to a four-year university.
  • receive one-on-one mentoring from members of the professional community.
  • participate in activities such as educational and cultural field trips are designed to engage the student in an exciting learning community that creates a foundation of support for student success.