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Puente Program at Moreno Valley College

Puente Program

Puente FlyerThe mission of the Puente Program at Moreno Valley College is to increase the number of educationally underrepresented students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors of future generations.

The Puente Program is an academic and community leadership program designed to help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The program meets this goal through a one-year series of Guidance courses, English classes, workshops and activities, and mentoring from a community professional. They work closely with a guidance counselor to prepare an academic plan to transfer to four-year institutions. Students also meet regularly with a professional mentor from the community.


Puente Components

Puente students commit to a rigorous two-semester English and Personal Development sequence. They work closely with a guidance counselor to prepare an academic plan to transfer to four-year institutions. Students also meet regularly with a professional mentor from the community.

2019-20 Moreno Valley College Puente Program Course Sequence
*subject to change
Fall 2019Spring 2020
English 1A: English CompositionEnglish 1B: Critical Thinking and Writing
Guidance 47: Career Exploration and Life PlanningGuidance 46: Introduction to the Transfer Process



Puente students have many transfer opportunities open to them including:

  • Annual UC Transfer and Motivational Conference
  • Transfer Fair - fall and spring semesters
  • Southern CA University Visits (Example: UC Riverside, UC Los Angeles, UC Irvine, CSU San Bernardino, UC San Diego, among others).
  • Northern CA University Visits (Example: UC Santa Barbara, San Jose State, San Francisco State, UC Berkeley, Stanford, among others).



Puente students have access to direct Counseling Services. The Puente Counselor Coordinator works closely with Puente students and is available to meet with them on a 1-1 basis. Puente students in the program are expected to meet with the counselor for personal counseling, to complete or update a comprehensive student educational plan (CSEP), to go over topics related to major requirements, life planning, career exploration, and transfer requirements, among other topics.


Moreno Valley College Puente Program Retention Rate

Puente Logo2016-2017 Student Retention Rate:

Students completed English 1A in 6 weeks at the beginning of the spring semester and there was 100 % student retention and completion rate from English 1A to English 1B during spring 2017.

2015-2016 Student Retention Rate:

The Puente Program had 95% student retention rate from the fall semester to winter session. Student retention rate from winter to the spring semester was also 95% retention.

Retention rates

*Student success scorecard college completion outcome is defined as the percentage of first-time students with a minimum of 6 units earned who attempted any math or English in the first three years and achieved any of the following outcomes within six years of entry: 1) Earned AA/AS or Certificate 2) Transfer to four-year institution 3) *Achieved "Transfer Prepared" Status (student successfully completed 60 UC/CSU transferable units with a GPA >= 2.0).


How do I join Puente?

Recruitment is continuous until the classes are full. The Puente Program operates under a first-come, first-serve basis. Send in your application ASAP for the best chances of acceptance.

Applications/Intake Forms for the Puente Program are now available in printable and fillable formats. You can also download the Puente Recruitment Flyer or view frequently asked questions for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at any of the following Puente Program information sessions:

2018-19 Puente Information Sessions
Meeting Dates Session Time and Location
Tuesday, May 7, 14, 21 and 28 5 - 6 pm
Humanities Building, Room 201




Contact Us

For more information, contact the 2019-20 Puente coordinators at:


Cynthia Ramirez
Associate Professor, Counseling
(951) 571-6904

Emma Pacheco
Associate Professor, English