The Puente Program at West Valley College


Puente was founded in 1981 by the co-directors, Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath, at Chabot College in Hayward, California. The program's mission was to increase the number of Chicano and Latino community college students who transfer to four-year college and universities. As an outgrowth of its success as a community college program, Puente was awarded funding in 1993 to replicate the program in 10 California high schools. Puente is open to all students.

Outstanding Results

  • Over 7,000 students have enrolled in the Puente community college program.
  • Over 2,500 professionals donate over 18,000 hours annually to Puente students.
  • An estimated 200,000 non-Puente students have benefitted for Puente's staff development programs.
  • Community colleges with Puente programs transfer 44% more Latino students to the University of California than colleges without Puente programs.
Interested? Questions?

Contact Rebecca Cisneros (English Instructor) 408-741-4014
or Melissa J. Salcido (Counselor) 408-741-2102

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Webpage created by Mei-Yu G. Chen. Spring 2005
last published: 8/30/16