Puente was founded in 1981 by the Co-Directors, Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath at Chabot College in Hayward. The Puente Project is an academic preparation program that has improved the college-going rate of tens of thousands of California's educationally under-served students. Its mission is to increase the number of educationally under-served students who:
- Enroll in four-year colleges and universities
- Earn college degrees
- Return to the community as mentors and leaders of future generations
The Chabot College Puente Project is a two semester, accelerated writing, counseling and mentoring program with a curriculum that focuses on Mexican American/Latino history, authors and issues. It is designed for students who want to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The program is open to all students who meet the qualifications for enrollment. Students will be required to participate in all course and program activities.
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.
- Are eligible for Puente scholarships and access to additional scholarships.
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
Building 700 2nd fl, Room 767H