The mission of the Puente Project is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors to future generations.
Puente Project Office
Puente Project Staff
Puente was founded in 1981 by the Co-Directors, Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath, at Chabot College in Hayward, California. Sacramento City College was one of the original pilot programs in 1982 and has served many students since then. The project’s mission was to increase the number of Mexican-American/Latino students transferring to four-year colleges and universities. Since then, Puente has expanded to 56 community colleges and 31 high schools in California. In 2013, the Puente Project expanded its program to the state of Texas. The Puente Project is open to all students.
The Puente Project has three main components. Students work closely with their Counselor, English Instructor and Mentor to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The Puente English and Human Career Development courses are closed to all other students. The cohort is limited to 30 students each academic year.
Puente is a transfer program and all interested students must have this as their educational goal. Students should be prepared to participate in all three components of the program including conferences, out-of-class activities, and trips.