Male and female graduates

Puente Program

Program Components

Main Components of the Puente Program include:

  • Accelerated English InstructionStudents at scholarship workshop
    For two quarters, the Puente cohort stays with the same instructor through EWRT 211, Reading 211, and EWRT 1A.  Before the first year is done, all Puente students will have passed College Composition and have the English skills they need to succeed.

  • Counseling Continuity
    Puente students have regular meetings and guidance from the same counselor until they transfer to a four-year university.  They also  take three classes, HUMA 20, CLP 70, and COUN 80X that focus on academic planning, career exploration and student success and leadership skills.

  • Individual Mentoring
    Each Puente student is matched with a professional from the community who volunteers his or her time to offer the student new perspectives on career and education pathways.


The Puente Program at De Anza College also offers participants

  • Student Assistants who serve as office assistants and help organize and host the many events we have each year

  • Student Family involvement

  • Puente Alumni who have finished the coursework for the Puente Program but continue to attend events and serve as role models for newer Puente students

  • Educational enrichment events, such as live theater, University campus visits, cultural events, volunteer opportunities and more

Several seasoned Puente students at new student orientation   



Puente Project Co-Coordinators

Counseling: Jorge Morales

English: Lydia Hearn (Madden)
Phone: 408.864.5785

E-mail us at deanzapuente@deanza.edu

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Last Updated: 3/20/13