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Apply to the Puente Program

For more information
contact the Puente Program at
(714) 895-8214 or
via email at
puente@gwc.cccd.edu,

Nancy Fong,
Puente Counselor at
nfong@gwc.cccd.edu or
visit the GWC Counseling Center.

Puente students at GWC

Puente Program


What is Puente?

Established in 1981, Puente is an academic, counseling and mentoring program for students to build the necessary skills for college and life success. Students enrolled in the Puente program work closely with their counselor, English instructor and mentor to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Who We Serve

Any eligible student who is interested in being part of a learning community and has goals to earn a degree/transfer to a 4 year university. ALL students are ALWAYS welcome!

Puente Mission

To increase the number of students in educationally underserved communities to:

• Transfer to four year colleges/universities
• Earn college degrees
• Return to the community as leaders and mentors

Counseling Component:

• Assists with educational, career and personal goals
• Helps encourage students to further their educational goal
• Creating “familia” in the classroom
• Helps navigate the university application process and college-prep curriculum for transfer
• Provides college network system

English Component:

• Community based writing assignments
• Complete college level English as well as critical thinking English
• Process centered writing instructions
• Focus on latino/multicultural literature
• Offers individual and small group tutoring

Puente Mentors at GWC

Our Puente Mentors:

• First hand personal, academic and career experience
• College and career panel presentations

Services Provided*

• College supplies (binder, paper, pens, USB)
• Chromebooks/Statistical Calculator Loan program (limited availability, first come first serve)
• Peer mentorship program
• Graduation Sash
* All services and events are based on available funding

Benefits of Puente

• Intensive writing training
• Mentoring
• Transfer counseling
• Career development
• Identity development
• Inclusion in an active learning community
* Complete all required English courses for CSU, UC and some private universities

For more information about the Puente Program visit http://puente.berkeley.edu/about

For more information
contact the Puente Program at
(714) 895-8214 or
via email at
puente@gwc.cccd.edu,

Nancy Fong,
Puente Counselor at
nfong@gwc.cccd.edu or
visit the GWC Counseling Center.