Puente Project

Puente Class 2012

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'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

If you are interested in joining the Puente Project, please complete and turn in an intake form to Aram Shepherd in N1-201C.

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Puente Contact Information

Aram Shepherd, PhD
English Instructor
Puente Project Co-Coordinator
Office: Main Bldg N1-201C


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