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What is the Puente Project?

The Puente Project is a transfer support program designed to increase the number of educationally underrepresented students who:

·         enroll in four year colleges and universities,

·         earn college degrees,

·         and return to their communities as mentors and leaders.

The program offers mentoring, counseling and fieldtrips to four-year colleges.


What activities Puente Students participate in?

  • Take a rigorous two-course English class sequence (English 142B in Fall semester and English 1A in Spring semester) from a Puente-trained teacher. The writing courses integrate Mexican-American and Latino literature.
  • Take a personal development course in Fall and Spring semesters, which provide career and major development, team building, and transfer preparation.
  • Work closely with Puente-trained counselors to prepare their educational plans and remain focused on their academic goals.
  • Participate in activities with mentors from the professional community. 
  • Participate in educational fieldtrips, including 4-year college visits.
  • Communicate with the Puente teacher and counselor for support with their educational endeavors.


Who is Eligible?

All CCC students who are eligible to enroll in English 142B in the Fall semester, are eligible for the Puente Project.


For more information, contact:


Maritza Vande Voorde:   (510) 235-7800 ext. 4242

Puente Counselor  


Norma Valdez Jimenez(510) 235-7800 ext. 4249

Puente Counselor


Elvia Ornelas Garcia:  (510) 235-7800 ext. 4600

Puente English Teacher  



Contra Costa College

2600 Mission Bell Drive · San Pablo, CA 94806


Mentoring makes a difference


As a professional, community leader and a role model, we would like to invite you to become a mentor for a community college student in the Puente Project at Contra Costa College.


The mission of Puente is to increase the number of educationally underserved students who:


·         enroll in four-year colleges and universities,

·         earn degrees and

·         return to their community as leaders and mentors.


Why become a mentor?


Take a moment to reflect on your own college experience.  Did you have a mentor; someone to encourage you, someone to motivate and support you through the system of higher education?  Who believed in you?  Our students need someone like you to motivate, encourage and promote higher education. As a mentor, you share your academic, career, and personal experiences.  You motivate and support a student in their pursuit of higher education. 


Who are our Puente students?


The Puente Project students at Contra Costa College are underrepresented, first generation college students with diverse educational and career interests.  Puente students commit to participate in the program for at least one year.  In that year, they complete a pre-freshman level and a freshman level English composition course, two personal development courses, and participate in activities that promote their preparedness for transferring to a four-year college.  These activities include working closely with a counselor, participating in fieldtrips and conferences, and engaging in mentoring activities. 


Mentor Commitments

Mentors provide one-on-one mentoring to Puente students during the academic year, for approximately 9 hours/semester.  Some mentoring activities are organized by the Puente Project staff such as the Noche de Familia (Mentor-Student-Family Mixer) and the End of the Year Celebration.  During each semester, additional cultural, social, or educational activities will be planned.  Mentors will also initiate one-on-one or group mentoring activities.  The Puente Project offers a mentor training component which provides mentors with many ideas to engage their mentees in meaningful ways. 


Mentor Training

The Puente Project offers a mentor training session which serves to familiarize mentors with the Puente model, interact with other mentors, and prepare them for the mentoring relationship. 



Our upcoming Mentor Training will take place on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at La Strada Restaurant in San Pablo.  This training session includes a full dinner menu.



How do I get involved?


Contact us:


Maritza Vande Voorde:   (510) 235-7800 ext. 4242

Puente Counselor  


Norma Valdez Jimenez(510) 235-7800 ext. 4249

Puente Counselor


Elvia Ornelas Garcia:  (510) 235-7800 ext. 4600

Puente English Teacher



Make a difference!  Become a mentor!


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