Increase, Enable, Embrace & Improve
The Puente Program was launched as a grassroots initiative to address the low rate of academic achievement prevalent among underrepresented students. The Puente model responds to low-performing patterns with two major components: rigorous English instruction and personal academic counseling.
Puente’s goals are to
- Increase the number of underrepresented students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities
- Enable underrepresented students to earn college degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders
- Embrace a variety of social and cultural learning-styles to develop an environment that focuses on underrepresented student learning
- Improve college success and accessibility