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Puente Program

Welcome to the Puente Project

Bienvenidos! We're excited you want to learn more about Puente!
Students holding Puente banner

Puente means "bridge" in Spanish. As the name suggests, we help students build bridges to higher education.

Puente is an award-winning program that has helped thousands of students reach their dreams of college success through its innovative combination of accelerated writing instruction, intensive academic counseling and mentoring.

Puente is co-sponsored by the California Community Colleges and the University of California.

Puente is open on a first-come-first-served basis to all students who meet the eligibility requirements. These include being eligible for EWRT 211/READ 211 (Preparatory Reading and Writing Skills) and wanting to transfer to a four-year university.

Puente students boarding a bus before University visit


Before enrolling in the cohort, all Puente students are required to attend a mandatory Puente Program Orientation and COUN 200X class specifically designed for incoming students going into any of our SSRS program.

If you are interested in joining the Puente Project  please complete the following steps:

  1. Apply to De Anza College
  2. Take the English Placement Test (please allow at least 3 weeks for placement results)
  3. Complete our online interest form

Because space is limited, applicants are encouraged to complete placement test and our interest form as early as possible.

Puente's Mission

To increase the number of historically under-served students who:

  • transfer to four-year colleges and universities,
  • finish their degrees
  • return to their communities as leaders and mentors


Three Puente students at 2010 graduation



Check out some past Puente events, including university and local business visits; cultural events, community service projects and more.




Alicia M. Cortez

Puente Co-coordinator and Counselor
Office Location: Students and Community Services Building, 2nd Floor
Phone: 408.864.8365

Lydia Hearn (Madden)

Puente Co-coordinator and English Instructor

Phone: 408.864.5785


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Puente Project Co-Coordinators

Counseling: Jorge Morales

English: Lydia Hearn (Madden)
Phone: 408.864.5785

E-mail us at


Last Updated: 6/5/15