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 on February 1st for the Puente cohort that begins in fall semester. If you are interested in being considered, please use the form on the left side under "Puente Intake Form". 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 Project, send an email to puente@miracosta.edu.

PUENTE Celebrates 25 Years at MiraCosta College

English Instruction

Puente students take two consecutive writing classes, English 100 and English 201. 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 English Professor: Maria Figueroa


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.

Study Halls

PUENTE Study Halls are a weekly opportunity for PUENTE students and staff/faculty to build and sustain a community of academic support. Students receive personalized mentorship and tailored academic resources to support academic achievement. PUENTE Study Halls are held in the Social Justice and Equity Center (SJEC) in the Student Center (Building 3400, Oceanside Campus) weekly on Wednesdays from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

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.