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what is puente
What Is Puente?

Puente is a statewide program operating from the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), and established at high school and community colleges across the state to provide support to underrepresented students for transfer to institutions of higher education.

Recognized as a National Model for Student Success, Puente is an academic support program that has been highly successful in transferring underrepresented students to 4-year colleges and universities.

Each Puente Program site operates under a MOU between the community college and the UC Office of the President (UCOP)

puente project we are family
Puente Project: We Are Family

DeleciaNunnally, Program Administrator

Martin Rojas, English Professor

Heather Robinson, Counselor

Cynthia Gatlin, Program Specialist

Monica Rodriguez, Student Support

the puente model
The Puente Model

Writing Skill Development emphasizing multicultural literature and critical thinking skills. College level writing skills through English 79 & 1A prepare students for transfer.

Personal Development through individual counseling and an exploration of self-awareness, cultural identity, career and life planning. College success skills are also emphasized.

Mentoring as an avenue to explore careers, develop leadership skills, and gain support for educational goals.




who qualifies for puente
Who Qualifies for Puente?
  • The Puente Project at Delta College recruits a group of new students into the program each Spring semester for the upcoming academic year.
  • Orientations will begin in early April-May until the 35 new openings are filled.
  • Incoming students should have (1) applied for admission to Delta College (2) taken the assessment test and score level 2 in Reading & Composition and (3) attended an orientation session.
  • Students must have declared an educational goal for transfer and willing to participate in program activities.
  • Puente is open to ALL interested and qualified students
phase 1 fall semester
Phase 1: Fall Semester

Puente Learning Community Courses

English 79 – Preparatory English

Guidance 19 – Orientation to College & Planning

Individual Counseling

Mentoring Activities

Puente Motivational Conference

phase 2 spring semester
Phase 2: Spring Semester

Puente Learning Community Courses

English 1A- Written Communication

Guidance 5-Enhancing Self-Esteem, Cultural Awareness & College Success

Guidance 20-Transition to University Life

Campus Tours to 4-year Colleges & Universities

Counseling & Mentoring Activities

puente phase 3 continues until transfer
Puente Phase 3: Continues Until Transfer

Students in Phase 3 are no longer in the “learning community” classes, but will continue taking courses towards transfer, meeting with their Puente Counselor and mentors, and engaging in community service and outreach.


Puente Program Activities

Fall Semester

Puente Picture Day

Delta College Transfer Day

Noche de Familia Day Picnic

Mentoring Campaign

Puente Northern Region Motivational Conference Sonoma State

CSU – Sacramento/State Capitol Trip

Mentor Orientation & Dinner

CSU Monterey Bay & Aquarium

Spring Semester

University of the Pacific

San Jose State University

College Transfer Students

UC Davis Discover Day

San Francisco State University

Stanford University

UC Berkeley

UC Santa Cruz


Puente Program Accomplishments

Obulio Villapando – transferred to UCLA on full scholarship in Fall 2012

Sergio Juarez – awarded paid internship in Summer 2012 through MESA

Arianna Perez – student speaker for SJDC Commencement Ceremony, May 2012

San Joaquin Delta College was awarded “Program of Excellence” in 2012 by the Puente UCOP


Thank you for supporting

For more information please contact:

Heather Robinson, Counselor/Professor


Martin Rojas, English Adjunct Professor