Our mission is to prepare you! Through counseling, writing, and mentoring, Puente students are prepared to transfer to four-year colleges and universities and return to the community as leaders.

Interested in PUENTE?

We will begin recruitment in February 1st for the Puente Cohort that begins in fall semester. If you are interested in being considered, please use the form below. The Puente Project Co-coordinator will contact you to setup a time and day to conduct an in-person or group orientation. All interested students must attend an orientation session. You must be eligible to take both English 50 and Counseling 100 during the fall semester. If you have further questions regarding the puente program, send an email to puente@miracosta.edu.

Supplemental Form


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If you are a new student, have you completed your testing placement?
Yes   No

Indicate your Writing Placement Testing Results (i.e.: English 50)
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If you are a new student, have you completed Matriculation?
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Do you plan transfer to a four-year university?
Yes   No

Do you plan to attend full-time? (12 units and more)
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Are you working while attending college? If so how many hours per week?
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Discuss two specific examples how you have prepared for the community college. (1 paragraph, 100 words)

Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: writing, performance, inventive thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side. (1 paragraph, 100 words typed)

Describe how you have worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced. (1 paragraph, minimum 100 words typed)

The Puente Program requires a significant commitment, time and effort. How do you plan to accommodate or balance your commitment with your academic, work, home and social life? (Minimum of 200 words typed)

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English Instruction

Puente students take two consecutive writing classes, English 50 and English 100. These classes provide a supportive and stimulating environment for Puente students to build confidence in their writing skills through an exploration of the Mexican American/Latino experience.

PUENTE Englush Professor: Maria Figuerroa


Puente students work closely with their Puente counselors until they graduate. Students explore career options, develop an academic educational plan, and identify lifetime goals. Students visit both the University of California and California State University campuses and attend an annual Puente student transfer conference. Puente students take two consecutive counseling classes, Counseling 100 and 105.

PUENTE Counselor: Sinar Lomeli


Each Puente student is matched with a mentor from the business or professional community. Mentors share with students their personal, academic, and career experiences, and provide a window into real-life work environments. The network of trained Puente mentors provides many resources for the Puente students, their families, colleges, and their community.

Make a Tax-Deductable Charitable Donation

Puente is able to facilitate university campus visits, provide student scholarships, and support an extensive mentor program through donations from community members. You can make a tax-deductable charitable donation to the Puente program by going to the MiraCosta Foundation website and selecting "Puente Program" in the "Donation for the Academic Department or Program Funds - Designation" drop-down menu.