Co-sponsored by the California Community Colleges and the University of California, the Puente Project has improved the transfer rate of thousands students from all ethnicities and backgrounds for over 25 years. Puente has increased the number of underserved students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees, and eventually return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations.
Established in 1981 at Chabot College by co-founders Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath, the Puente Project has since expanded to 56 community colleges and 36 high schools throughout California. Puente seeks to broaden its network of programs to a total of 75 community colleges in the near future.
In 1998, the Puente Project earned national recognition when it was named as one of ten programs honored with an “Innovations in American Government Award,” sponsored by the Ford Foundation, the Council for Excellence in Government, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.