Puente was founded in 1981 by Felix Galaviz, Patricia McGrath, at Chabot College in Hayward. The program mission was to increase the number of Mexican American/Latino students transferring to four-year colleges and universities. Since then, Puente has expanded to 38 community colleges throughout the state. As an outgrowth of its success as a community college program, Puente piloted a high school version of its program in 1993 that is now operational in 18 high school throughout the state. Puente is open to all students.
Many components work together to prepare Puente students to transfer to colleges and universities...
Puente students take two consecutive writing classes, English 118 and English 122. These classes provide a supportive and stimulating environment for Puente students to build confidence in their writing skills through an exploration of the Mexican American/Latino experience.
Puente students work closely with their Puente counselor , exploring career options, developing an academic educational plan and identifying lifetime goal. Students visit University of California and California State University campuses and attend an annual Puente student transfer conference.
Each Puente student is matched with a mentor from the business or professional community. Mentors share with students their personal, academic and career experiences, and provide a window into "real-life" work environments. The network of trained Puente mentors provides many resources for the Puente students, their families, their colleges and the community.
For more information contact:
Maria Dorado, Puente Counselor/Instructor
Patrick Leong, Professor of English, Puente Co-Coordinator
Student Information Form, which you can print, fill out, and send to Ms. Dorado or Ms. Lomeli at Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.