What is the Puente Project?
The Puente Project at West Los Angeles College is a program designed to aid under served and underrepresented students achieve academic success. This is obtained through an interdisciplinary program, known as the Puente Model, that includes Academic Counseling, English courses, and Mentoring by community leaders. The Puente Model is designed to guide the student in earning degrees, transfer in four-year colleges and universities, and create leaders and mentors of their communities and future generations.
Much like its namesake, The Puente Project aims at building and facilitating a bridge for students between their college and four-year universities by creating a sense of Familia (which is Spanish for Family). In creating a West LA familia, the Puente Project wishes to build a nurturing learning environment that fosters not only academic growth and success but also personal achievement and community connection.