California PUENTE Project for Underrepresented Students

The PUENTE Project is a national award-winning program that for more than three decades has improved the college-going rate of tens of thousands of educationally underrepresented students California’s. The main mission of program is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who want to enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders of future generations.

The program started in 1981 at Chabot Community College in Hayward, California and expanded throughout the years. Currently students of four middle schools, thirty eight high schools and sixty five community colleges throughout the state enjoy from this program.

The PUENTE Project is an inter-segmental program that is co-sponsored by the University of California and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. The Program headquarters are at UC Berkeley and site team partners — consisting of a instructor and counselor at each school/campus site — help to implement the program at middle schools, high schools and community colleges across the State.

The PUENTE Program is an academic, counseling and mentoring program of support for students to build the skills necessary for success in both academic and career goals while in community college.  Students enrolled in the PUENTE program work closely with their Counselor, English Instructor and Mentor to prepare for transfer to four-year

To take advantage of this program, the interested schools and community colleges have to fill out and submit a formal written request. More info at http://puente.berkeley.edu/ .