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Fall Semester
Students enroll in English 57 and the Puente section of Human Career Development. In the counseling class, we focus on building group cohesion and a sense of familia amongst students and team leaders. Students will be matched with a mentor and will participate in mentor activities. Additionally, Puente students attend the annual fall student motivational conference at a northern California UC campus. A variety of Puente activities and field trips supplement the academic program.

Spring Semester
Successful Puente students continue with the same English instructor into English 1A and a second one-unit counseling class. Students continue to work with their mentors and participate in a variety of activities. In the spring, we concentrate on ensuring transfer success through fulfilling transfer requirements, meeting with university representatives, and campus tours. We conclude the year with a family gathering and celebration.

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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."