The Puente Project is a national-award winning program that has helped tens of thousands of educationally disadvantaged students enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors to future generations.
Begun in 1981, Puente combines accelerated instruction, intensive academic counseling, and mentoring by members of the community.
The Puente model is composed of three integrated joint components:
The program at Las Positas College provides a dedicated counselor to students participating in the program, utilizes Latino, Filipino, Afghani (Muslim), American Indian, European, and African American literature to strengthen critical thinking skills. Students are assigned community professional as mentors providing an additional layer of support.
Supplementary activities such as family nights, mentor mixer, college tours, and four-year college representative visits, round out a program designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution and degree attainment.
Puente is open to students of all backgrounds.
The Puente Project is a one year commitment linking English and career/counseling psychology classes to increase the number of educationally under-served students who: