Welcome to NVC's Puente Program

Cathy Gillis, English Professor, Christina Rivera, Mentor Coordinator,
Alex Guerrero, Counseling Professor with 2013-2014 Puente students
and mentors at Kennedy Park, Napa, August 24, 2013

Napa Valley College is proud to sponsor the Puente Project.  The Puente Project is an academic preparation program whose mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who: enroll in four-year colleges, earn college degrees, and return to the community as mentors and leaders for future generations.  Puente provides three areas of service to students: teaching, counseling, and mentoring.  Puente trains school and college staff members to conduct this program at their sites.  Puente serves students in 56 community colleges and 36 high schools throughout California.  Puente's staff training programs have benefited over 40,000 students directly and over 400,000 indirectly.  The Puente Program is open to all students.
The one-year program at Napa Valley College begins with English 90 and Counseling 100 in the fall semester and resumes in the spring semester with English 120 and Counseling 105. The Puente approach
is unique in that the reading is focused on Latino and Mexican-American literature, essays and cultural writings in both the fall and spring semester classes.  The fall composition course is also linked with the Writing Center to further assist Puente students.  Please see the link below (Puente Project General Information) for more information and the reports of success for students enrolled in this program.  Contact Alex Guerrero at aguerrero@napavalley.edu or at (707) 256-7317 to enroll in the Puente Program. 
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To contact Christina Rivera, Puente Mentor Coordinator, email crivera@napavalley.edu or at (707) 256-7154.

For Cathy Gillis' (Puente English Professor) web page click here


Puente Project General Information