Puente Project History
Puente was founded in 1981 by the Co-Directors, Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath, at Chabot College in Hayward, California. The Project's mission was to increase the number of Mexican-American/Latino students transferring to four-year colleges and universities. Since then, Puente has expanded to 57 community college and 36 high schools in California. The program is administered statewide by the University of California Office of the President. Puente is open to all students.
The Puente Project is an academic preparation program that for more than 25 years has improved the college-going rate of tens of thousands of California's educationally disadvantaged students. Its mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who:
- Enroll in four-year colleges and universities
- Earn college degrees
- Return to the community as mentors and leaders of future generations
Community colleges with Puente programs transfer significantly more Latino students to the University of California than colleges without Puente.
Southwestern College Puente Project is currently celebrating its 23rd anniversary and has successfully transferred hundreds of students to major universities and colleges.