The Puente Project is an initiative to increase the number of educationally underserved students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees, and return to their communities as leaders and mentors to future generations.
Puente’s Community College Program integrates six strategies to help students reach their goals.
Teaching. Students attend a two-semester accelerated English writing series with the same Puente-trained professor.
Counseling. Puente-trained counselors provide intensive academic and career counseling strategies.
Mentoring. Students are matched with adult mentors who act as role models.
Leadership Development. Puente helps develop leadership skills among students.
Enrichment Opportunities. The Puente community college program offers many opportunities for students to enhance their learning with experiences outside the traditional classroom environment.
Ongoing Support. Puente has been recognized nationally for its commitment to providing ongoing support services to its students, who are sometimes referred to as being part of the Puente familia.
Puente was founded in 1981 by Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath at Chabot College in Hayward, California. The program was established to address the low rate of academic achievement among Mexican American and Latino students. Puente implements 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 mentors support the Puente counselor and English instructor by motivating Puente students to build the social and cultural capital they will need for their future success as college students and career professionals. Cosumnes River College Puente mentors come from many fields and industries.
Thank you to the many local businesses and community-based organizations who have supported Puente by donating scholarship funds, hosting field trips and providing in-kind resources.