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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.

The Puente Program is currently recruiting for the 2024-2025 cohort!

2024-2025 Puente Interest Form


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Puente Model of Success



AVC's Puente Program is open to ALL students who can take English 101, HD 101, AND Math (dependent on major).

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




Benefits of Puente 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


Other programs on campus include:

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Cohort 2 Puentistas (AY 2022-2023)


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.



Give Guidance

Provide Support

Build Success

Mentor Interest Form coming soon for 2024-2025

Learn more about Puente at AVC:



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May Sanicolas (Counselor/Instructor): 

Kimberly Castillo (Counselor):

Bianca Ascencio (Instructor):

Hal Huntsman (Instructor):


For more information visit:

The Puente Project Home Page (UC Berkeley)