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.
Upcoming Information Sessions
Learn more from the coordinators about the Puente's benefits and expectations! Become a puentista before classes begin on August 14th!
AVC's Puente Program is open to ALL students who can take BOTH 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
The Puente Program is accepting applications for Cohort 3 (2023-24)!
As part of the 2023-24 Puente Program, students will take the following Puente courses together:
Fall 2023: ENGL 101, HD 101, and MATH 115 (if applicable to major)
Spring 2024: ENGL 102 and COMM 101
With counselor guidance, other major-specific courses will be added to a student's full-time schedule.
Fill out an Interest Form HERE.
Joining is as easy as 1-2-3!
Attend an information session
Submit a commitment form
Meet with our Puente counselors
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit:
The Puente Project Home Page (UC Berkeley)