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Puente Program


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Puente is a transfer-support program that follows the "cohort" model; each cohort consists of 25 to 35 students. It provides specialized counseling, cultural enrichment, university exposure, and mentoring to help students transfer to Universities in 2 - 3 years of enrollment at LAVC.

Specifically, Puente is intended to help bridge the gap of Latinx students being admitted to UC schools; however, some Puente students prefer to transfer to a California State University, a private school, or an out of state university. Wherever students wish to transfer, Puente provides the support students need to be prepared for university-level coursework, graduate school, and career life.

Finally, participating in Puente is an excellent extracurricular commitment that students can highlight on UC applications, giving them a competitive edge when applying to UCs. 

LAVC Puente Courses and Eligibility:

1. All incoming Puente students begin in the Fall 2022 semester and must take the designated Puente courses:

  • English 101: Mon 11:35AM - 1:00PM in H113 & Online  *You must be eligible for English 101 to enter the program.

  • English 72 (a 1-unit lab to help you pass English 101). Wed 11:35AM - 12:45PM in H113 & Online

  • Counseling 001 (a 1-unit Personal Development course to help you be successful in higher education): Online 

2. In the Spring 2023 Semester (second phase of the program), students take Puente English 103
and Puente Counseling 20 course.

Earn Digital Badges for Completing Puente Milestones:

1. During the academic year, Puente students are required to meet with their assigned mentors at least three times.

Puente Mentorship Badge

2. Meet with the Puente counselor in an individual appointment at least once a semester in the Spring.

Puente Counseling Badge

3. Puente students are required to attend all trips (IN FALL 2021, ALL TRIPS ARE TBD DUE TO COVID_19). Zoom activites are required. 

Puente Events Badge

4. Participate in the Puente club (Meeting times TBD).

Puente Club Badge

5. Submit a “progress report” midway through each semester, signed by each instructor to verify academic standing.

Puente Progress Report Badge

6. Participate in at least two tutoring sessions/workshops per semester.

Puente Tutoring Badge


The mission of the Puente Project is to increase the number of educationally underserved students, who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors for future generations. Puente is open to all interested students.

Puente Photo Gallery

Puente Cohort at UCLA

Puente Cohort at Los Angeles Theater Center

Puente Cohort on the way to Santa Cruz

Puente student does art at museum in Santa Cruz


Puente students and English instructor in Santa Cruz

Puente students at LAVC Club Day  Puente Cohort at the Last Bookstore in DTLA

Puente Cohort at UC San Diego

Noche de FamiliaPuente Cohort at UC Davis

Puente Cohort at LAVC

Puente Cohort at UC Berkeley

Puente students at UC Berkeley