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The Puente Project is a national award-winning program that for more than 30 years has improved the college-going rate of tens of thousands of California's education ally under-represented students. Its mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations. The program is interdisciplinary in its approach to writing, counseling and mentoring components, and the cohort model provides students an opportunity to establish lasting relationships with fellow students as well as the Puente instructors for Counseling, English, and the Library (Puente Website:

About the Puente Project

On behalf of the Puente Project and Cerritos College, we would like to welcome you to our Puente familia. We have a long and rich history of creating leaders for the next generation. As a team we believe in our students' potential and ability to achieve their academic and career goals. We invite you to contact us and discuss and explore your goals in order to assist you in developing a plan for a successful future.

Puente Project Services

Puente-trained counselors provide intensive academic and career counseling strategies, including:

  • Development of a student academic plan to ensure completion of coursework required to transfer;
  • Ongoing academic and career advising throughout the student's community college career;
  • Mandatory Counseling courses to assist the student with college success strategies, transfer options, career exploration, decision-making and study skills;
  • Assistance with transfer applications, letters of recommendation and financial aid processes;
  • Campus liaison services including ongoing communication with university and outreach personnel;
  • College trips and conferences to University of California (UC) campuses.

English Instruction

You will enroll in two consecutive English classes (Engl. 52 & Engl. 100), to develop and enhance your reading and writing skills. These classes focus on building both your academic and leadership skills, by exploring the work of great world leaders, such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Additionally, the English 100 course is designated as an "Honors" section, and students who successfully complete the English 100 course with a "B" grade or higher will earn "Honors" credit and be provisionally accepted into the Scholars' Honors Program.

Student Requirements

To participate in the Puente Program, students must:

  • Submit a complete Information Packet (see below)
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Participate in the Summer Orientation process
  • Be eligible for English 52.
  • Take English 52 during the fall semester and English 100 (Honors) during spring semester.
  • Take Counseling 200 during the fall semester and Counseling 150 during the spring semester.

In addition, students must successfully complete both the English 52 and the Counseling 200 class in the fall to continue with the Puente Program in the spring.

To be considered for the Puente Program, students must submit an Information Packet, which includes:

  • The Student Information Sheet
  • A Letter of Interest explaining why you are interested in participating in the Puente Program, how the Puente Program can help you achieve your academic goals, and why you would be a good fit for the Puente Program.
  • An unofficial copy of your high school and/or college transcripts.

Information Packets will be accepted throughout the summer until all spaces in the program are filled. Submit your packet early to ensure a space in the program!

Packets can be submitted to Rosa Carrillo in the Counseling Department or to Francie Quaas-Berryman in LA-C (Liberal Arts)

For more information about the program, contact Rosa Carrillo or Francie Quaas-Berryman at

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Last Update: 2/13/2020