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What is Puente?

A Transfer-Prep Learning Community

The Puente Program is a national award-winning program co-sponsored by the University of California and the California Community College Chancellor's Office that helps students reach their dreams of college success. The mission of Puente (Spanish for “bridge”) is to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees, and return to the community as mentors and leaders for future generations.


The 2023-2024 Cohort is Now Full

We encourage you to look into other programs on campus including, but not limited to:

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Cohort 2 Puentistas (AY 2022-2023)


Become a Puente Mentor!

Attention all faculty, staff and community professionals:

Puente mentors serve as role models of academic and professional success. As a mentor, you provide guidance to Puente students and are an integral part of their support network.

The primary function of the mentor/student relationship is to let the students know that there is a caring, supportive person who is willing to listen, share experiences, and offer encouragement. Students also look to mentors for guidance in the areas of professional and career exploration.


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Give Guidance

Provide Support

Build Success

Complete a mentor profile by August 1

Be able to attend:

Mentor Training Event (Zoom) 9/7/2023 @6pm

Mentor/Mentee Mixer (in person) 9/21/2023 @6pm



Puente Model of Success
Puente Model of Success



AVC's Puente Program is open to ALL students who can take BOTH English 101 or HD 101.

Puente Program is open to students of ALL backgrounds and ALL majors.






Benefits of Puente Include:


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The Puente Program is closed for Cohort 3 (2023-24)!





For more information visit:

The Puente Project Home Page (UC Berkeley)