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Puente Project

Puente means "bridge" in Spanish. The Puente Project is a national award-winning program that for 40 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 over 60 programs throughout the state of California.

Puente Students

  • Learn more about Latino/a culture and issues.
  • Receive a  1-on-1 mentor.
  • Earn priority registration.
  • Receive help with transferring to a four-year college.

Puente is a transfer-prep learning community where a cohort of 30 students take courses together and participate in required events in 1 academic year. 

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.



Steps to Join

We are now full for the 2021-2022 academic year. We recommend joining another support program at Mission College. 

Counseling 005 (3 units)
Wednesdays, 10:55 am - 12:20 pm (in-person/on-campus) + Online instruction

English 001AX (5 units)

Wednesdays,  12:40-2:40 pm (in-person/on-campus) + Online instruction

Note: Due to COVID-19, our fall courses will be hybrid which is a combination of in-person if county allows and asynchronous (online at your own pace) instruction modalities. 

English 1B (3 units)
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

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.