Bringing All the Pieces Together: The Puente Project as a Three-Part Model
Puente students take two consecutive writing classes, English 151B and English 101A. These accelerated writing classes use a nationally acclaimed teaching methodology and 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 to explore career options, develop an academic plan and identify lifetime goals. Students visit University of California and California State University campuses and attend an annual Puente Motivational Transfer Conference. Students will also take a Personal Development (PD) course. This course will provide guidance and information on how to succeed in college and transfer to a four-year university.
Each Puente student is matched with a mentor from the business and 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.