PUENTE PROJECT HISTORY
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.
Are recognized as leaders and scholars
Graduate from four-year colleges and universities
Belong to a statewide network of leaders and professionals
THE PUENTE PROGRAM
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.
The Puente Project has won a national $100,000 Innovations in American Government award.
More than 5,500 students have enrolled in the Puente community college program.
An estimated 200,000 non-Puente students have benefited from Puente's staff development programs.
Community colleges with Puente programs transfer 44 percent more Latino students to the University of California than colleges without Puente.
for more information contact:
Lupe Dannels, Puente Counselor
925-685-1230, ext. 2298
Room: Counseling 136
Rita Delgado, Puente Counselor
925-685-1230, ext. 2284
Room: Counseling 129
Patrick Leong, Puente English Instructor
925-685-1230, ext. 2783
Room: FO 111
Click here for Student Information Form, which you can print, fill out, and send to Ms. Delgado or Ms. Dannels at Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.