Students in Puente work closely with their counselor, English instructor, and mentor to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Students accepted to the Puente Project will participate in the following three main components.
Three main components of Puente
Puente students take a 3 unit, transferable Personal Development 100, College Success Skills class in the fall. Additionally, they work individually with the Puente counselor until they graduate from Southwestern College, exploring career options, developing an academic educational plan, and identifying lifetime goals. Students visit UC and CSU campuses and attend an annual Puente Motivational Conference.
Puente students take two consecutive writing classes, English 114 and English 115 with the same Puente English Instructor. These classes provide a supportive environment for Puente students to build confidence in their writing skills. The content of both courses focuses on Latino/a authors and issues.
Each Puente student is matched with a mentor who is a businessperson or professional in the local community. Students and their mentors commit to a minimum of nine hours of contact during the academic year. Mentors share their knowledge and experiences with students. The network of trained Puente mentors provides many resources for the Puente students, their families, their colleges, and the community.