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Dreamers Welcome


"Si Se Puente!"

SAVE THE DATE for Fall 2020 Puente Orientation on Monday, August 17th!


Announcement: Fall 2020 students will now have the option to take Stats 101 as part of the Puente Program! Professor Herrera will teach the Stats 101 section (27917) 


Puente Program



Why Should You Join Puente? Find out here!

Puente is a transfer-support program that follows the "cohort" model; each cohort consists of 25 to 35 students. It provides specialized counseling, cultural enrichment, university exposure, and mentoring to help students transfer to Universities in 2 - 3 years of enrollment at LAVC.

Specifically, Puente is intended to help bridge the gap of Latinx students being admitted to UC schools; however, some Puente students prefer to transfer to a California State University, a private school, or an out of state university. Wherever students wish to transfer, Puente provides the support students need to be prepared for university-level coursework, graduate school, and career life.

Finally, participating in Puente is an excellent extracurricular commitment that students can highlight on UC applications, giving them a competitive edge when applying to UCs. 

The following list outlines all of the LAVC Puente requirements:

1. All incoming Puente students begin in the Fall 2020 semester and must take the designated Puente courses:

  • Puente English 101 (3-units). This course will NOT have mandatory live sessions. *You must be eligible for English 101 to enter the program.
  • Puente English 72 (1-unit lab to help you pass English 101). This course WILL have designated meeting times TBD
  • Puente Counseling 1 (1-unit). Personal Development course to help you be successful in higher education. This course will NOT have mandatory live sessions.
  • Students may also choose to take the Puente Statistics 101 (section 27917 Professor Herrera) course in the Fall if this aligns with major/career goals. This class WILL have mandatory live sessions M/W 11:20 - 12:45. 

2. During the academic year, Puente students are required to meet with their assigned mentor for at least three-five sessions.

3. In the Spring (second phase of the program), students take a designated Puente English 103
course and a designated Puente Counseling 20 course.

4. Meet with the Puente counselor in an individual appointment at least once a semester in the Spring.

5. Puente students are required to attend all trips (IN FALL 2020, ALL TRIPS ARE TBD DUE TO COVID_19)

6. Participate in the Puente club (more information will be provided).

7. Submit a “progress report” midway through each semester, signed by each instructor to verify academic standing.

8. Participate in at least two tutoring sessions/workshops per semester.


The mission of the Puente Project is to increase the number of educationally underserved students, who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors for future generations. Puente is open to all interested students.


Three components work together to prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities:


Puente students take two consecutive writing classes, English 101/English 72 (Fall) and English 103 (Spring).These classes provide a supportive and stimulating environment for Puente students with an emphasis on developing writing skills through an exploration of the Mexican American/Latino experience.


Puente students work closely with their Puente counselor to explore career options, develop an academic educational plan, individual counseling sessions and identify their goals through the Puente Personal Development course, Introduction to College (Personal Development1) which is offered Fall semester. Students visit campuses of the University of California and other four-year universities and attend an annual Puente student transfer motivational conference. Puente students further their career exploration by taking Counseling 20 (Post-Secondary Education: The Scope of Career Planning)


Puente students are matched with an academically and professionally successful mentor from the community. Mentors share with the students how they managed to succeed in the educational system, how they succeed as professionals while maintaining their cultural identity, and how they now balance family, career and community related activities, and provide resources for student assignments and projects.


Puente Photo Gallery

Puente Cohort at UCLA

Puente Cohort at Los Angeles Theater Center

Puente Cohort on the way to Santa Cruz

Puente student does art at museum in Santa Cruz


Puente students and English instructor in Santa Cruz

Puente students at LAVC Club Day  Puente Cohort at the Last Bookstore in DTLA

Puente Cohort at UC San Diego

Noche de FamiliaPuente Cohort at UC Davis

Puente Cohort at LAVC

Puente Cohort at UC Berkeley

Puente students at UC Berkeley