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Puente was founded in 1981 by the Co-Directors, Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath, at Chabot College in Hayward, California. The Project's mission was to increase the number of Mexican-American/Latino students transferring to four-year colleges and universities. Since then, Puente has expanded to 38 community colleges and 31 high schools in California. The program is administered statewide by the University of California Office of the President. Puente is open to all students.

Outstanding Results
  • Over 6,000 students have enrolled in the Puente community college program.
  • Over 2,000 professionals donate more than 18,000 hours annually to Puente students.
  • Community colleges with Puente programs transfer significantly more Latino students to the University of California than colleges without Puente.
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Here is what Puente Students Have to say:

"I value the fact that our class is very close. We do a lot of readings about people like us and we write about ourselves. I like the fact that I can relate to all the topics."

"The most valuable part is the student discussions and learning about Mexican culture."

"We learn and have fun at the same time."

"The most valuable part of this class is that we are like a familia and we learn a lot because we get to know each other very well."