The Puente Model: Three Components


Puente Model: Three Components
Counseling Component
  • Academic advising until transfer
  • College visits and educational/cultural field trips
  • Supports students through the transfer application process
  • Provides information to Puente parents and family
  • Counseling Classes
English Component
  • English 908 and English 1A
  • Incorporates Latino literature, issues, and culture into class
  • Builds a sense of community (familia) among Puente students
  • Explores concepts of community, leadership, and service with students
Mentoring Component
  • Professionals from the community volunteer to share their educational and career experiences
  • Motivate students to reach their goals
  • Foster the development of networking skills
  • Serve as role-models for "giving back" to the community 
  • If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Nohemy Chavez at 408-855-5385 or at

"A memorable moment for me was being at the Career Panel and hearing everyone’s stories, different people with almost the same problems." - Oscar Caldera, 2nd Generation Puentista Psychology Major

Puente Phases and Benefits 
Puente Phases


Puente Benefits