PUENTE Program

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Last updated by CCCCO Content Contact: 11-21-14

Cosponsored by CCCCO and UCOP, the PUENTE experience comprises academic and personal mentoring programs for community college students and a college preparatory program for high school students.

  • Puente enrolls students of ALL ethnicities.
  • Puente currently supports 61 community college and 34 high schools.
  • Puente works in 24 counties throughout California.

PUENTE develops partnerships with families, schools and communities throughout California, engaging them as stakeholders in the program's success. PUENTE's efforts are critical to the state's future economy, which demands an educated workforce to remain competitive in the global landscape.

PUENTE Community College Programs:

  • Community college students take a rigorous two-course English class sequence and a personal development class taught by a PUENTE-trained instructor and counselor.
  • The class provides a supportive environment with a focus on multicultural and Latino literature.
  • Students work closely with their PUENTE counselors to prepare an academic plan, focus on academic and professional goals, and transfer to a four-year university.
  • PUENTE's program of personal mentoring by professionals from their local area inspires students to return with college degrees to their communities, as leaders and mentors for the next generation.


  •   SB-850: This bill would, commencing January 1, 2015, authorize the board of governors, in consultation with the California State University and the University of California, to establish a statewide baccalaureate degree pilot program at not more than 15 community college districts, with one baccalaureate degree program each, to be determined by the chancellor and approved by the board of governors.  (2013-2014)
  •   SB-860 Education finance: This bill would specify eligibility criteria that, commencing with the 2014–15 academic year, would apply to Cal Grant award recipients who were determined to be ineligible for a renewal award because they exceeded the maximum household income or asset level, or failed to meet the minimum need threshold, as specified, but who subsequently meet eligibility requirements for a Cal Grant award.  (2013-2014)