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Grossmont College Puente Project


PUENTE Project History:
The Puente Project was established in 1981 by Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath at Chabot College in Hayward, CA and is an national award-winning program aimed at increasing the transfer success of disproportionately impacted students. Puente follows a 3-part student success model and combines rigorous English instruction, intrusive academic counseling and mentorship.  At Grossmont College Puente students also take a culturally relevant course taught from an intersectionally conscious perspective. All students are encouraged to transfer to four-year institutions, earn degrees and return as leaders and mentors to future generations.  Puente courses integrate LatinX and multi-cultural literature into lessons, projects and activities.

                                              3-Part Student Success Model
COUNSELING - Students identify career and education plans alongside their counselor both in and out of the classroom.  Students enroll in COUN 120 (College & Career Success) during their first semester as a Puente student. 

ENGLISH - Puente students take two consecutive English courses, ENGL 120 (College Compostion and Reading + 020 Support Class - Fall) and ENGL 124 (Advanced Composition: Critical Reasoning and Writing- Spring).  Each course focuses on LatinX and multicultural authors and themes.  

MENTORING - During the spring semester each Puente student is matched with a professional within the community who has already earned one or more college degrees.   Mentors share their personal, academic and career experiences and provide students "insider" tips and information about their journey.

CULTURA (Spanish for the word "Culture") - During their first year at Grossmont College, Puentistas are encouraged to take culturally relevant courses taught from an intersectionally conscious perspective. Relevant courses are encouraged for the purpose of cultivating awareness and empowerment. This requirement is unique to our campus and has added a wealth of knowledge to our students.
Fall Suggestions:
  • CCS 126 - Chican@ and Mexican Art
  • CCS 236 - Chican@ Literature
  • CCS 118 - U.S History: Chican@ Perspectives 1
  • CCS 119 - U.S History: Chican@ Perspectives 2
  • HIST 115 - Comparative History of the Modern Americas

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Program Eligibility

Each year Puente Project coordinators select 35 students to participate in a new cohort. Students interested in becoming Puentistas must meet the following eligibility requirements by the fall semester of the year they wish to participate.  

  • Eligible to register for ENGL 120
  • No previous credit in COUN 120
  • Must be interested in courses that integrate LatinX or multicultural literature
  • Commit to participating in college tours, events and activities for a minimum of one year
  • Submit "Student Information Form" to 

Students selected to participate must sign a student contract agreeing to the terms of participation.  

Puentista Commitments

Semester 1                                                                                                        

  1. ENGL 120 + ENGL 020
  2. COUN 120

Mandatory Events:  Transfer Motivational Conference (October 13, 2018) and Noche de Familia (November 2, 2018)

PUENTE Movie Night- TBD

University Campus Tour - TBD

SEMESTER 2                                                                                                       

  1. ENGL 124
  2. HIST 115 (Comparative History of the Modern Americas)

Mandatory Events: Mentor Mixer (TBD) 

Optional Activities: College campus visits (dates TBA)

Last Updated: 01/24/2019


Michele N Toral
Puente Counselor/Coordinator
Phone: (619) 668-1760

  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
A Member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District