The PUENTE Community College Program is a statewide academic, counseling and mentoring program operating in 39 California community colleges and is co-sponsored by the University of California. Its aim is to provide support for students to build the skills necessary for success in both academic and career goals while in community college. Students enrolled in the PUENTE program work closely with their Counselor, English Instructor and Mentor to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Over its 26-year history on the OCC campus, PUENTE has helped students to earn their degrees, take leadership roles in the community, begin their careers, and return as mentors for new PUENTE students. 

Contact Us

(714) 432-5864


Recruitment Process

PUENTE is open to all students. Recruitment consists of referrals from other programs, a referral from other English instructors and counselors, as well as word of mouth between students. We also give presentations to different organizations on campus. Our focus is on both first-time freshman and continuing students reached through high school outreach events and the matriculation process.
FOCUS:  PUENTE focuses on strengthening writing skills, improving study skills and building self-esteem and ultimately assists in the successful transfer of students to the university.


Steps to apply to be in Puente:

  • Step 1.  Apply to OCC
  • Step 2.  Complete OCC’s online orientation
  • Step 3. Receive placement for math & English
  • Step 4. Fill out our Puente Interest Card

Students interested in Puente will need to schedule a Puente Orientation.


Interested in Puente?

Submit Puente Interest Card


Interested in Mentoring?

Fill out a Mentor Form