Puente Project

  • Dia De Los Muertos art at the Vargas Gallery.

    Dia De Los Muertos art at the Vargas Gallery.

  • Puente students at the Dia De Los Muertos Altar Demonstration.

    Puente students at the Dia De Los Muertos Altar Demonstration.

  • Guest Artist at the Dia De Los Muertos Altar Demonstration.

    Guest Artist at the Dia De Los Muertos Altar Demonstration.

  • 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 Study Space

Campus Center CC-217

Spring 2018 Hours:

Mondays & Wednesdays  10 am - 5 pm

Tuesdays & Thursdays     10 am - 3 pm

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.

Program Eligibility

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  enroll in English 908 & Counseling 005  in the fall semester. Must enroll in the English 1A & 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 for the 1 year learning community.

If you are interested in joining the Puente Project  for the 2018-2019 academic year, please contact Nohemy Chavez at 408-855-5385 or email at: nohemy.chavez@missioncollege.edu to set up a meeting.  

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


Fall 2018:

English 908  Tuesdays & Thursdays  10:55 am - 12:20 pm

Counseling 005  Tuesdays & Thursdays  12:40 pm - 2:05 pm

Spring 2019:

English 1A  Tues & Thurs 10:55 - 12:20

Counseling 007/007H  Tuesday 12:40-2:05

English 900  Thursday 12:40-2:05 pm

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.



Nohemy Chavez
Puente Project Co-Coordinator
(408) 855-5385
Office: SEC-131F

Aram Shepherd
English Instructor
Puente Project Co-Coordinator
(510) 992-6259
Office: SEC-209C


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