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About the Puente Project

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Puente Project Students 

The Puente Project is a national-award winning program that has helped tens of thousands of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year 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.

Puente students (aka Puentistas) work closely with their counselor, English instructor, and mentor to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

The writing curriculum focuses on the development of college-level essay writing, reading, research, and critical thinking skills -- a necessary foundation skill for success in later coursework at American River College and at four-year institutions.

The counseling component includes guidance curriculum through the Human/Career Development (HCD) department. Courses include an orientation to college resources and transfer and four-year college information. The counseling component includes educational planning to include course selection, choice of major and transfer to four-year institutions.

Students are encouraged to participate in an annual transfer motivational conference, volunteer opportunities, field trips to four-year universities, and community- and cultural-based activities throughout the academic year.

Puente Project Volunteers

PUENTE is open to all students.