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Puente Project

Puente Project

Puente Grads

Puente means "bridge" in Spanish. The Puente Project is a national award-winning program that for over 35 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.

Puente Students:

  • Learn more about Latino/a culture and issues
  • Receive a personal 1-on-1 mentor
  • Priority registration
  • Help with transferring to a four-year college

As part of the program, Puente students take English 1AX and Counseling 5 in the fall semester. They then take English 1B 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 is open to students of all backgrounds. To learn more, check out our video!


We are no longer taking students for the 2020/2021 academic year as our cohort is full. 

Counseling 005 (3 units)
Wednesdays 10:55 am - 12:20 pm (via Zoom) + Online instruction

English 001AX (5 units)

Wednesdays 12:40-2:40 pm (via Zoom) + Online instruction

Note: Due to COVID-19, our fall courses will be online in both synchronous (live online) and asynchronous (online at your own pace) instruction modalities. 

English 1B (3 units)
Mondays & Wednesdays
10:55 am - 12:20 pm
Counseling 007/007H (1 unit)
Mondays 12:40-1:45 pm

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.

Program Requirements
  1. Must be eligible to enroll in English 1AX & Counseling 005 in the fall semester. Must enroll in the English 1B & Counseling 007 for the following Spring semester.
  2. Must be planning to transfer to a 4 year university.
  3. Must commit to participating in all program activities/required events for the 1 year learning community.
Service Area Outcomes

New SAO's for 2019-2020

SAO 1: Phase 2 students will complete two college level English courses and a transfer timeline assignment.

SAO 2: Phase 3 students who are eligible to transfer will earn an associate degree and/or certificate and/or be admitted to a university as a transfer student.


Previous SAO's for 2018-2019

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

Thank you for your interest in Puente at Mission College!