The Puente Program is now FULL for the 2024-2025 Academic Year. We will open again for eligible students in March 2025 for the 2025-2026 Academic Year.


REMINDER: Students must be eligible to take ENGL 100 and COUN 151 in the Fall semester. If you have already completed these courses, or have a passing AP score in English Language or English Lit, please email the Puente Counselors for more information.

The Puente Program is open to all students with 54 spots for the academic year on a first come first serve basis. When the program is full, we will notify students that they may join our waitlist.


Questions? Feel free to email a Puente Counselor at PUENTE@fullcoll.edu

The Puente Program

The Puente Program is an academic, counseling and mentoring program that has improved college persistence and success rates for thousands of California’s educationally under-served students. The Puente mission is to increase the number of community college students who:

  • Transfer and enroll in four-year colleges and universities
  • Earn college degrees
  • Return to the community as mentors and leaders

Program Benefits

  • Guaranteed English and Counseling courses for one year (Fall & Spring semesters)
  • Assistance over Summer with getting started, selecting classes, and registration
  • Learning Community that links English & Counseling classes
  • Designated Puente Counselor
  • Local college field trips and cultural events
  • Annual Northern California College Tour
  • Mentoring and networking with community leaders
  • Leadership and volunteer experience
  • University and college transfer preparation

Program Eligibility

  • View Online Orientation and complete Online Intake Paperwork in Spring/Summer prior to the Fall semester
  • Mandatory attendance to all free Puente events during the academic year
  • Must be eligible to take the following courses with Puente:
FALL 2023

ENGL 100 College Writing (on campus)

T & TH, 9:30-11:35 am

COUN 151 Career & College Success (on campus)

T & TH, 12:45-2:10 pm


ENGL 103 Critical Reasoning & Writing

T & TH, Time TBD

COUN 148 Human Potential

T & TH, Time TBD


Puentistas in Action

Revised 7/18/2023 By Elisa Latourelle

Contact Information

Email: puente@fullcoll.edu

Phone: (714) 992.7084

Puente Counselors:
Elisa Latourelle &
Lorena Marquez

Puente English Instructors: Daniel Scarpa &
Pamela Dunsmore


Counseling Center

2000 building, 2nd Floor