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Grossmont College Puente Project

PUENTE Project History:
The Puente Project was established in 1981 by Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath at Chabot College in Hayward, CA and is an national award-winning program aimed at increasing the transfer success of disproportionately impacted students. Puente follows a 3-part student success model and combines rigorous English instruction, intrusive academic counseling and mentorship.  At Grossmont College Puente students also take a cross-cultural studies course during their first semester. All students are encouraged to transfer to four-year institutions, earn degrees and return as leaders and mentors to future generations.  Puente courses integrate LatinX and multi-cultural literature into lessons, projects and activities.

                                              3-Part Student Success Model
COUNSELING - Students identify career and education plans alongside their counselor both in and out of the classroom.  Students enroll in COUN 120 (College & Career Success) during their first semester as a Puente student.

ENGLISH - Puente students take two consecutive English courses, ENGL 099 (Accelerated Prep-Read, Reason, Write - Fall) and ENGL 120 (College Composition and Reading - Spring).  Each course focuses on LatinX and multicultural authors and themes.  

MENTORING - During the spring semester each Puente student is matched with a professional within the community who has already edtablished a successful career in the student's field of interest.   Mentors share their personal, academic and career experiences and provide students "insider" tips and information about their industry.

Cross-Cultural Studies - During their first year at Grossmont College, Puentistas are encouraged to choose a Cross-Cultural Studies courses taught from an intersectionally conscious perspective (CCS 126 - Fall and CCS 119 - Spring).  Relevant courses are encouraged with the purpose of cultivating awareness and empowerment. This requirement is unique to our campus and has added a wealth of knowledge to our students.

CCS 126 - Chican@ and Mexican Art
CCS 119 - US History:Chican@ Perspective II

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Program Eligibility

Each year Puente Project coordinators select 35 students to participate in a new cohort. Students interested in becoming Puentistas must meet the following eligibility requirements by the fall semester of the year they wish to participate.  

  • Eligible to register for ENGL 099
  • No previous credit in COUN 120
  • Must be interested in courses that integrate LatinX or multicultural literature
  • Commit to participating in college tours, events and activities for a minimum of one year
  • Submit "Student Information Form" to 

Students selected to participate must sign a student contract agreeing to the terms of participation.  

Puentista Commitments

Semester 1                                                                                                        

  1. ENGL 099
  2. COUN 120
  3. CCS 126

Mandatory Events:  Transfer Motivational Conference (September 30, 2017) and Noche de Familia (November 2, 2017)

PUENTE Movie Mixer - October 17, 2017 @7pm

SDSU Campus Tour - November 7, 2017

SEMESTER 2                                                                                                       

  1. ENGL 120
  2. CCS 119
  3. Minimum of two Puente counseling appointments

Mandatory Events: Mentor Mixer (February 22, 2018) 

Optional Activities: College campus visits (dates TBA)

Last Updated: 01/23/2018


Michele N Toral
Puente Counselor/Coordinator
Phone: (619) 668-1760

  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
A Member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District