The Puente Program at West Valley College

studentsThe mission of the Puente Program is to increase the number of educationally underserved students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors to succeeding generations.

The Puente Program provides students with a supportive community and a sense of family on the college campus. Puente students help each other to achieve their goals and dreams. This is achieved (in part) by creating a learning community with English and Counseling. In the Fall Engl 905 with Couns 5. In the Spring Engl 1A with Couns 12.

Mission Statement

To help students:

  • Succeed academically
  • Become recognized as leaders and scholars
  • Transfer and graduate from four-year colleges and universities
  • Belong to a statewide network of leaders and professionals


Puente students take two consecutive writing classes, English 905 and English 1A. These classes provide a supportive and stimulating environment for Puente students to build confidence in their writing skills through an exploration of the Chicano/Latino experience. ››More...


Puente students work closely with their Puente counselor both in a counseling class and individually until they graduate. Together, they explore career options, develop an academic educational plan, and identify lifetime goals. Students will visit public and private university campuses as well as attending an annual Puente student transfer conference. ››More...


Puente students are matched with mentors from the business or professional community. Mentors share with students their personal, academic, and career experiences, and provide many resources for the Puente students, their families, their colleges, and the community. ››More...

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Our Success Is Our People
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