Puente Project

  • Puente Students studying.

    Puente Students studying.

  • Puente Students in class.

    Puente Students in class.

  • Puente Students studying.

    Puente Students studying.

About Puente

Puente means "bridge" in Spanish. The Puente Project is a national award-winning program that for over 30 years has improved the college-going rate of tens of thousands of California's educationally underrepresented students.  The program was founded in 1981 at Chabot College in Hayward, California, and has since expanded to 61 programs throughout the state of California.

As part of the program, Puente students take English 908 and Counseling 5 in the fall semester.  They then take English 1A and Counseling 7 in the spring semester. During both semesters, Puente students take part in events, such as trips to university campuses, and also receive mentoring from local professionals.   Puente students work closely with their Puente counselor until they transfer to a four-year college or university.

Puente Program At Mission College (video)

Puente's Mission

Puente’s mission is to increase the number of educationally underrepresented students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees and return to their communities as leaders and mentors to future generations.  Puente is open to all students.

Want to Join Puente?

Thank you for your interest in joining the Puente Project!

The Puente Project is for students who want to:

  1. Transfer to a four-year college or university
  2. Learn more about Latino culture and issues
  3. Be guided through the transfer process

Program Requirements:

  1. Must be eligible to take English 908 in the fall semester
  2. Must be able to enroll in the Puente English and Counseling courses
  3. Must commit to participating in all program activities 

This is a fall semester start program! We are currently no longer accepting students for the fall 2016 semester. If you are interested in joining the Puente Project, please COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM BY CLICKING HERE and we will follow up with you. If you are unable to complete the on-line form, please contact us! You can also come to Main Building C1-121 for a paper form to submit. After submission, you will be contacted within 7-10 business days. 

To join the program, students must meet with the Puente counselor.

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Service Area Outcomes

SAO 1: Phase 1 students will be able to articulate the role their background and culture play in their educational experience.
SAO 2: Phase 2 students will have and be able to articulate specific educational and career goals.
SAO 3: Phase 3 students will show active campus/community involvement by using or participating in at least two (2) of the following campus resources: Tutoring Center, DSPS, Transfer Center, etc.; campus speakers and events; and/or campus and community clubs and organizations.


Puente Contact Information 

Nohemy Chavez
Puente Project Co-Coordinator
(408) 855-5385
Office: Main Bldg C1-121

Aram Shepherd
English Instructor
Puente Project Co-Coordinator
(510) 992-6259
Office: Main Bldg N1-201C 

Puente Fall 2016 Hours

August 29-December 15th

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