There are three components that work together to prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities:
Puente students take two consecutive writing classes, English 035 & 035W (Intermediate Composition for Developing Writers) Fall semester and English 101 (College Composition and Research) Spring Semester. 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 and identify their goals through the Puente Counseling courses, Counseling 101 (College Success Skills) and Counseling 151 (Career and Life Planning), as well as individual counseling sessions. Students visit campuses of the University of California and other four-year colleges and attend an annual Puente student transfer conference.
Puente students are matched with an academically and professionally successful mentor from the community. The Puente Mentoring component is an important aspect of the community college program, as approximately 75% of Puente students have parents with no college education. This component provides structured mentoring activities in which students examine and discuss the concepts of mentoring and community, and as a result, are encouraged to return to their community as leaders and mentors to future generations. In addition, students are motivated to reach their academic and personal potential by attending and obtaining college degrees.
The mentoring component is a vital link between the local community and the school program. Through this component, students are exposed to diverse professional and cultural community environments. Mentors are trained volunteers who serve as role models of academic and professional success to these students, offering them ongoing encouragement and guidance, and providing a vital link between the local community and the college campus.