Puente Students

- Puente Students


- Puente

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.

The Puente Project is a national award-winning program that for more than 37 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, Puente instructors in Counseling, English, and Library. For more information on the Puente Program, please visit https://puente.berkeley.edu/.

The Puente Program addresses students needs through:

  • Academic support services and resources
  • Academic, personal, and career counseling
  • Their own Puente Counselor to support them throughout their Cerritos College career
  • Access to courses with emphasis tailored to the Latinx perspectives
  • Help in identifying internship and scholarship opportunities
The Puente Program is open to all students and is specifically designed to increase the retention and success rate as well as the graduation and transfer rates of Latinx students.

Counseling Services

Puente counselors provide:

  • Assistance with educational, career, and personal goals.
  • Counseling courses to assist the student with college success strategies, transfer options, career exploration, decision-making and study and leadership skills (Counseling 200 & 150).
  • Encouragement for students to further their educational goal.
  • A "familia" community in and out of the classroom.
  • Assistance with navigating the university process and college-prep curriculum for transfer including transfer applications, letters of recommendation and financial aid process.

English Instruction

  • Complete college level English as well as critical thinking English (English 100S & 103).
  • Develop and enhance writing skills through processed centered and community-based writing assignments.
  • Focus on Latinx Literature and readings.
  • English 100S course is designated as an "Honors" section.
  • Students who successfully complete the English 100S course with a "B" grade or higher will earn "Honors" credit and be provisionally accepted into the Scholars' Honors Program.