The PUENTE Project is a national award-winning program that for more than 30 years has improved the college-going rate of tens of thousands of California's educationally underrepresented students. Its mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations. The program is interdisciplinary in approach, with writing, counseling and mentoring components.
Started in 1981 at Chabot Community College in Hayward, California, the program has since expanded to 3 middle schools, 34 high schools and 64 community colleges throughout the state. PUENTE staff train middle school, high school and community college instructors and counselors to implement a program of rigorous instruction, focused academic counseling, and mentoring by members of the community. PUENTE's staff training programs currently benefit approximately 14,000 students across the state. PUENTE is open to all students.
Puente students study with the same English teacher for 9th and 10th grade. They study a college prparatory curriculum while reading and writing about Mexican/Latino/Multicultural experiences.
The PUENTE Project is co-sponsored by the University of California and the California Community College Chancellor's Office. Additional information on this program can be found on their website www.puente.net.