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 their communities as mentors and leaders 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’s Puente Project was one of the original pilot programs in 1982 and has been serving students ever since. The mission of the Puente Project is to is to increase the number of underrepresented Mexican-American/Latino students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities, earn their college degrees and return to their communities as mentors to future generations. Since then, the Puente Project 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 no matter their citizenship status.
The Puente Project has three main components. Students are expected to work closely with their Counselor, English Instructor and Mentors to prepare them for successful transfer to a four-year college or university. Puente’s English Writing 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 main components of the program. Students should further be prepared to participate in conferences, out-of-class activities, community service activities, and group trips.