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Accelerated Instruction, Counseling, and Mentorship

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Puente combines accelerated instruction, intensive academic counseling, and mentoring by members of the community. The Puente Project is a national award-winning program that has helped tens of thousands of educationally disadvantaged students to enroll in four-year year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors to future generations.

Puente students, or Puentistas, work closely with their counselor, English instructor, and mentor to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The writing curriculum focuses on the development of college-level essay writing, reading, research, and critical thinking skills, a necessary foundation for educational success. 

You will receive counseling, including curriculum guidance through the Human/Career Development (HCD) department. Courses include an orientation to college resources, transfer, and four-year college information. The counseling includes educational planning, course selection, and choice of major. 

You can also participate in an annual transfer motivational conference and enjoy volunteer opportunities, as well as visits to four-year universities, and community- and cultural-based activities throughout the academic year.

Students must choose one of three writing pathways - see below. To register for ENGWR and HCD courses, email PUENTE staff to receive an enrollment permission number for each course section. All courses are online.


Dean: Nisha Beckhorn
Admin. Asst.: Mitchell Andrews

(916) 484-8547 and
(916) 484-8489

Faculty Contacts:

Rick Ramirez
Cathy Arellano
Melissa Diaz
Carmelita Palomares


Monday to Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Upcoming Class Schedule to Writing Pathways

Puente Club

The Puente Club is a student organization that provides opportunities for leadership and student involvement on campus and in the community to include social and cultural activities, outreach to local high schools, and ways to create informal connections with fellow Puentistas. Students interested in being active in the community (on-campus/off-campus) are encouraged to join.

For more information, contact Kimberly Medina at or Antonio Mendoza