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
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.
- 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
As part of the 2022-23 Puente Program, students will take the following Puente courses together:
Summer 2022: HD 103
Fall 2022: ENGL 101 and HD 101
Spring 2023: ENGL 102 and COMM 101
With counselor guidance, other major-specific courses will be added to a student's full-time schedule.
Congratulations to our newest class of Puentistas for 2022-23!
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.
MENTOR APPLICATIONS CLOSED FOR 2022-23
FOR GENERAL INQUIRIES, EMAIL US AT:
Meet the AVC Puente Familia
Counselor / HD 103 Instructor
Counselor / HD 101 Instructor
For more information visit:
The Puente Project Home Page (UC Berkeley)