Puente Program

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What is Puente?

A Transfer-Prep Learning Community

The Puente Program is a national award-winning program co-sponsored by the University of California and the California Community College Chancellor's Office that helps students reach their dreams of college success. The mission of Puente (Spanish for “bridge”) is to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees, and return to the community as mentors and leaders for future generations.


Puente Model of Success: Three Components
Puente Model of Success

AVC's Puente Program is open to ALL students who have not yet taken English 101 or HD 101.

Puente Program is open to students of ALL backgrounds and ALL majors.

As part of the 2022-23 Puente Program, students will take the following Puente courses together:

Summer 2022: HD 103 (begins June 28th) CRN 53091

Fall 2022: ENGL 101 and HD 101 (CRN's: 77103 and 77645)

Spring 2023: ENGL 102 and COMM 101

With counselor guidance, other major courses will be added to a student's full-time schedule.

Benefits Include:

  • Priority registration
  • Guaranteed seats in all Puente courses
  • Curriculum focused on Latino/a/x literature and culture
  • Transfer guidance: Personal essays, letters of recommendation, scholarships
  • Professional mentorship
  • Community engagement
  • 1-on-1 academic, personal and career counseling
  • Cultural events & activities
  • University field trips
  • Statewide leadership conference


 Congratulations y Bienvenidos to our newest class of Puentistas for 2022-23!

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Become a Puente Mentor!

Attention all faculty, staff and community professionals:

Puente mentors serve as role models of academic and professional success. As a mentor, you provide guidance to Puente students and are an integral part of their support network.

The primary function of the mentor/student relationship is to let the students know that there is a caring, supportive person who is willing to listen, share experiences, and offer encouragement. Students also look to mentors for guidance in the areas of professional and career exploration.



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Meet the AVC Puente Familia

Tino Garcia
English Instructor

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Tanya McGinnis
Counselor / HD 103 Instructor

Tanya McGinnis, Counselor




May Sanicolas

Counselor / HD 101 Instructor



May Sanicolas
Last updated: September 10, 2022