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 education ally under-represented 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 its approach to writing, counseling and mentoring components, and the cohort model provides students an opportunity to establish lasting relationships with fellow students as well as the Puente instructors for Counseling, English, and the Library (Puente Website: http://www.puente.net/about/).
About the Puente Project
On behalf of the Puente Project and Cerritos College, we would like to welcome you to our Puente familia. We have a long and rich history of creating leaders for the next generation. As a team we believe in our students' potential and ability to achieve their academic and career goals. We invite you to contact us and discuss and explore your goals in order to assist you in developing a plan for a successful future.
Puente Project Services
Puente-trained counselors provide intensive academic and career counseling strategies, including:
You will enroll in two consecutive English classes (Engl. 52 & Engl. 100), to develop and enhance your reading and writing skills. These classes focus on building both your academic and leadership skills, by exploring the work of great world leaders, such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Additionally, the English 100 course is designated as an "Honors" section, and students who successfully complete the English 100 course with a "B" grade or higher will earn "Honors" credit and be provisionally accepted into the Scholars' Honors Program.
For the 2013-2014 academic year, Puente has partnered with the Cerritos College Coaching Corps, a program to help new students to continue to be successful throughout their studies. Puente students will identify someone who is a supporter of their academic plans and who they nominate as an academic coach - for example, an adult family member, a teacher, or a mentor. The person identified as a supporter will participate in a training program to learn how to support their student as he/she works toward achieving his/her academic goals.
To participate in the Puente Program, students must:
In addition, students must successfully complete both the English 52 and the Counseling 200 class in the fall to continue with the Puente Program in the spring.
To be considered for the Puente Program, students must submit an Information Packet, which includes:
Information Packet Submission Deadlines for the Fall 2013 Semester