Puente Program​

Mission Statement
    To increase the number of students who transfer to four-year colleges obtain their bachelor’s degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors.​
    The Puente Program is a successful statewide counseling, mentoring and writing program for community college students in California. The program, in operation in 38 community colleges, has phenomenal success because it has a clear academic focus, intensive writing instruction and counseling and strong support from the professional community. To date, over 2,500 mentors have donated over 20,000 hours to Puente students.

Overview of Puente
    The Puente Project is an academic and community leadership program designed to help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The project meets this goal through a two-semester English composition class emphasizing Latino literature; counseling; and mentoring by professional community members. Students remain with the same instructor, counselor, and mentor for the full year. Puente is open to all students.
How do I join Puente?
     Interested students may complete the interest form. Puente operates under a first-come, first-serve basis as long as the above courses have not been completed. 
Due to the new RCC registration timeframe, the Puente interest form​ will be available from March 13 - April 13, students will receive an email invitation to the Puente 2020-2021 Welcome Orientation. Students who complete the interest form after April 14th will be added to a wait list,  students on the wait list will be notified the week of August 10th should spaces become available.

PUENTE COMPONENTS: An Investment in Leadership
  • Provides personal, academic and career counseling
  • Selects students and mentors and monitors students interaction with mentors
  • Participates in classroom activities
  • Coordinate the students' academic progress throughout their community college career
  • Prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities
  • Shares with students their personal, academic and career experience
  • Introduces students to professional and community organizations
  • Demonstrates that success is possible without having to abandon cultural identity
  • Provides resources for Puente writing assignments
  • Teacher's methods draw on the student's cultural and character strengths
  • Classes are conducted as writing workshops with students working in small response groups
  • Students remain together, with the Puente English instructor, for the entire academic year completing ENG 1A and ENG 1B
  • Literary works by Chicano/Latino authors are used to provoke stimulating classroom discussions and to explore the Chicano/Latino experience.

Puente Students will:
  • Develop reading and writing skills
  • Meet professionals in our community
  • Learn strategies for success in college and in life
  • Make university contacts and visit universities
  • Create a successful transfer plan
  • Make new friends
  • Participate in culturally-enriching activities
How to Participate
  • Eligible for English 1A
  • Willing to enroll in concurrent guidance courses
  • Willing to commit to the program
  • Interested in exploring Latino authors and issues
  • Interested in transferring to a four-year college or university

Contact Information
Riverside City College Puente
Mrs. Maria M. Maness, Associate Professor, Counselor/Puente Co-coordinator
Mr. Steven Garcia. Associate Professor, English/Puente Co-coordinator

Puente Project