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Puente Program


Puente Program

The Puente Project is a national award-winning program that for more than 25 years has improved the college-going rate of tens of thousands of California's educationally underrepresented students. Its mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations. The program is interdisciplinary in approach, with writing, counseling and mentoring components.

Started in 1981 at Chabot Community College in Hayward, California, the program has since expanded to 33 high school sites and 59 community college sites throughout the state. Puente staff train high school and community college instructors and counselors to implement a program of rigorous instruction, focused academic counseling, and mentoring by members of the community. Puente's staff training programs currently benefit approximately 14,000 students across the state. Puente is open to all students.

Please browse through the categories listed to the left for more general information about the program's history, its governance structure and contact information. The navigation bar categories include more detailed program information, as well as resources for team members and students.


For more information visit:

Puente Application