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.

Contact

Dean: Nisha Beckhorn (Interim)
Admin. Asst.: Mitchell Andrews

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

Faculty Contacts:

Rick Ramirez
Cathy Arellano
Melissa Diaz
Carmelita Palomares
Phone: (916) 484-8465
ARCPuente@arc.losrios.edu

Hours

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

Location

Administration Building.

Upcoming Class Schedule to Writing Pathways

Puente 300-Plus Writing Pathway

Fall recommended classes (units)

ENGWR 300 College Composition (3.0)

ENGWR 94 Succeeding in College Composition (2.0)

ENGRD 111 Reading Across the Disciplines (0.5)

ENGWR 96 Writing Across the Curriculum (0.5)

HCD 111 College Discovery Program (1.0)

Spring recommended classes (units)

ENGWR 301 College Composition and Literature (3.0)

HCD 310 College Success - Chicanx/Latinx Student Experience (3.0)

Puente 300 Writing Pathway

Fall recommended classes (units)

ENGWR 300 College Composition (3.0)

HCD 111 College Discovery Program (1.0)

Spring recommended classes (units)

ENGWR 301 College Composition and Literature (3.0)

Puente Honors Writing Pathway

Fall recommended classes (units)

ENGWR 480 Honors College Composition (3.0)

HCD 111 College Discovery Program (1.0)

Spring recommended classes (units)

ENGWR 481 College Composition and Literature- Honors (3.0)

HCD 310 College Success - Chicanx/Latinx Student Experience (3.0)

Puente Mentoring

Puente offers personal one-on-one mentoring by local professionals who volunteer 15-18 hours during the academic year. Puente mentors support faculty by building social and cultural capital needed for future success as college students and career professionals. All mentors are trained to follow mentor guidelines and serve as successful career role models.

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 w1587427@apps.losrios.edu or Antonio Mendoza w1572112@apps.losrios.edu.