Students in Puente work closely with their counselor, English instructor, and mentor to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Students should be prepared to participate in the following:
Puente students take two consecutive writing classes, English 57 and 1A. These classes provide a supportive environment for Puente students to build confidence in their writing skills. The content of both courses focuses on Latino authors and issues.
Puente students take a one-unit Human Career Development class each semester. Additionally, they work individually with the Puente counselor until they graduate from Sacramento City College, exploring career options, developing an academic educational plan, and identifying lifetime goals. Students visit UC and CSU campuses and attend an annual Puente student transfer conference.
Each Puente student is matched with a mentor who is a businessperson or professional in the local community. Students and their mentors commit to a minimum of nine hours of contact during the academic year. Mentors share their knowledge and experiences with students. The network of trained Puente mentors provides many resources for the Puente students, their families, their colleges, and the community.
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Here is what Puente Students Have to say:
"I value the fact that our class is very close. We do a lot of readings about people like us and we write about ourselves. I like the fact that I can relate to all the topics."
"The most valuable part is the student discussions and learning about Mexican culture."
"We learn and have fun at the same time."
"The most valuable part of this class is that we are like a familia and we learn a lot because we get to know each other very well."