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Student Success Program

Puente Project
The Puente program is a statewide program at Fresno City College which helps prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, earn their degrees and return to the community as leaders and mentors to future generations. Students commit to one-year of English instruction, sustained counseling, and mentoring. Puente has been on the FCC Campus since 1987.

Contact Information:
Lori Natal - Counselor/Co-Coordinator
Phone: 559-442-4600 x8644
Office: St-214 

Erendida Romero - Adjunct Counselor 
Phone: 559-442-4600 x8635
Office: Oab-272

Lucia Ramirez-Munoz - Adjunct Counselor
Phone: 559-442-4600 x2243
Office: Oab-272 

Kenneth Chacon - Instructor/Co-Coordinator

Sallie Saiz
- Instructor/Co-Coordinator

Counseling Department
2nd Floor of Student Services Building
Hours of Operation – 8:00am to 5:00pm

1101 E. University
Fresno, California 93741
Student Services Building (ST), upstairs
Telephone - (559) 442-8226
Fax – (559) 485-7304

Program Eligibility:
-Complete the Fresno City College application and take the placement test
-Qualify to register for English 125 & 126 or ESL 67 & 68
-Be willing to commit to a one year program
-Have an interest in transferring to a baccalaureate institution
-Have an interest in discussing topics within the Chicano/Latino Community
-Puente Program is open to all students

Program Requirements:
-Enrollment in English 125 and/or 126, Counseling 43, and Chicano Latino Studies 11 for fall semester
-Enrollment in English 1A and Counseling 48 for spring semester
-Enrollment in English 3 and Chicano Latino Studies 21 for following fall semester                                       -Participate and meet with a Puente Mentor
-Participate in field trips to universities, cultural activites, and program events

Puente Statewide Office:
Puente was founded by English Instructor Pat McGrath and Counselor Felix Galaviz in 1981. The program was piloted in the bay area at Chabot College. Since then, 62 community colleges participate throughout California. Of the students who complete the one-year program, 48 percent transfer to a four-year college or university, compared with only 7 percent of non-Puente students. Visit the Puente website at for more statewide news and information.

The Puente Team works together to provide the personal support students need to pursue their educational goals and transfer to a baccalaureate institution.

Last updated: 8/2/2016 10:38:46 AM