Three components work together to prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities:
Puente students take two consecutive writing classes, English 001, along with English 310D and Learning Resources 010, in the Fall semester and English 002 in the Spring semester. These classes provide a supportive and stimulating environment for Puente students with an emphasis on developing writing skills through an exploration of the Mexican American/Latinx experience.
Puente students collaborating in English class
Puentistas volunteering at SCC’s Crab Feed to raise funds for the Puente program
Puente students work closely with their Puente counselor to explore career options, develop an academic educational plan and identify their goals through the Puente Development courses, Counseling 007 (Student Life Success) and Counseling 006 (University Transfer Success), as well as individual counseling sessions. Students visit campuses of the University of California and other four-year colleges and attend an annual Puente student transfer conference.
Puente students are matched with an academically and professionally successful mentor from the community. Mentors share with the students how they managed to succeed in the educational system, how they succeed as professionals while maintaining their cultural identity, and how they now balance family, career and community related activities, and provide resources for student assignments and projects.
Students talking with a Puente mentor
Celebrating graduation and receiving the Puente stole
– Be eligible for English 001
– Enroll in English 001/English 310D/LR 010 and Counseling 007
Puente students benefit from a cohort model, where all students take one or more classes together. The students also participate in outside activities, such as field trips, conferences, and mentor/family nights.
|Phase I (Fall)|
|Phase II (Spring)|