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The Puente Model

The program has four major components:  Writing instruction, personal growth instruction, counseling, and mentoring.  Puente's goal is to provide students with a strong academic foundation and the support needed in order to be successful at MSJC.

English classEnglish Instruction
Puente students take two consecutive writing classes, English 098 and English 101.  These classes provide a supportive and stimulating environment for Puente students to build confidence in thier writing skills through exploration of the Mexican-American/Latino literature.

Personal Growth Instruction
Puente students take two consecutive Personal Growth courses.  These courses are designed to help students improve study skills and learn personal success techniques in order to become better students.

Puetne students work closely with their Puente counselor until they graduate, explore career options, develop an academic educational plan, and identify lifetime goals.

Puente students are matched with a mentor from the business or professional community.  Mentors share with students their personal, academic, and career experiences, and provide a realistic view of the professional world.