The Puente Project

Puente students…

  • Succeed academically
  • Are recognized as leaders and scholars
  • Graduate from four-year colleges and universities; and
  • Belong to a statewide network of leaders and professionals.

About the Program

Ohlone College - AB 540 Safe ZoneThe Puente Project is a transfer program, consisting of three components: English, Counseling, and Mentoring. The Project also offers leadership development, enrichment opportunities, and ongoing support.


The mission of the Puente Project is to increase the number of educationally underrepresented students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees, and return to the community and become mentors and leaders of future generations. Puente's community college program was established in 1981. The program is open to all students.

Group photo of 2013-2014 Puente Program students.

Why should you participate in Puente? Puentistas:

Succeed Academically

Number of Puente Transfers to Four-year Colleges, 2001-2007 (d)

Source: National Student Clearinghouse, UC Office of the President Corporate Student System Data Warehouse, Puente Project.

The Puente Project brings all the pieces together: English instruction, Counseling, Mentoring.

Puente Project in the News

  • In two worlds - May 1, 2012, Tri-City Voice - … the focus is on what it's like living here, balanced between two worlds, fulfilling their parents' dreams for better lives in the United States, working their way through college, and maintaining a unique identity of two cultures, two languages, and two families, one inside this country and the other in Central and/or South America.
  • Where we came from - May 3, 2011, Tri-City Voice - … As my Puente students wrote their "Where we're coming from stories," I realized that theirs, too, echo the quintessential American story of struggling and working hard to make better lives for the next generation.

Contact Information

To sign-up or for more information about the Puente Project, please contact:

  • Mike De Unamuno
    Puente Counselor
    (510) 659-6557

  • Rick Flynn
    Puente English Instructor

Students in the Puente Program for 2013-2014.