Puente was founded in 1981 by the Co-Directors, Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath at Chabot College in Hayward. The program mission was to increase the number of Mexican American/Latino students transferring to four-year colleges and universities. Since then, Puente has expanded to numerous community colleges and high schools throughout the United States.
Puente is open to all students and the results speak for themselves:
- Over 5,500 students have enrolled in the Puente community college program.
- Over 2,000 professionals donate over 18,000 hours annually to Puente students.
- An estimated 200,000 non-Puente students have benefited from Puente’s staff development programs.
- Community colleges with Puente programs transfers 44% more Latino students to the University of California than colleges without Puente.
Chabot students must:
- Be interested in transferring to and graduating from a 4 year university or college
- Have GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students who do not meet this criterion should submit a letter of recommendation from an instructor or counselor with the application.
- Have willingness to learn about the Mexican American/Latino experience
- Have willingness to participate in career and college field trips, service learning, and mentoring events that take place outside of regular class time
- Be eligible to enroll in English 102 (fall semester) or English 1A (spring semester), for a full year
Puente students take two English classes, one each semester. These classes provide a stimulating environment for Puente students to build confidence in their reading, critical thinking, and writing skills exploring of the Mexican American/Latino experience.
Puente students will take one counseling class and be assigned a counselor, working with them until graduation.
The counselor and the Puente student will:
- Meet regularly
- Explore career options
- Develop an academic educational plan
- Identify lifetime goals
Puente students are matched with a mentor from the business or professional community.
Mentors share with students their experiences and provide a window into “real-life” work environments.
This network of trained Puente mentors provides many resources for the Puente students, their families, their colleges and the community.
- Visit University of California and California State University campuses and meet with UC/CSU representatives.
- Attend an annual Puente student motivational and transfer conference.
- Attend Puente events and student conferences at other colleges to meet and network with students.
- Create a successful transfer plan.
We are also open to undocumented students.
Learn more about Dreamers support and resources for undocumented students.
How to Apply
Print and complete the Puente Application.
Submit completed applications for review to:
Sandra Genera, Puente Counselor-Instructor
Room 767H, Bldg. 700
25555 Hesperian Blvd
Hayward, CA 94545