Puente Mission

The Puente Program was historically designed to increase the number of Latino students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations. Puente is open to all students. The Puente Program at City College of San Francisco has been recognized as #1 in California for a 62% UC transfer rate.

Program Model

The Puente program model consists of three interrelated components: writing, counseling and mentoring. This approach provides a focused, sustained, and engaging learning environment for students.

English Instruction

A two-semester writing course sequence that incorporates Mexican American/Latino and other multicultural authors, experience, and issues, through which students progress from transfer-level writing (English 1A) through to critical thinking English 1B, in one year.



The Puente counselor provides students with sustained, in-depth, career and academic guidance throughout their enrollment at the community college. Counseling includes identifying lifetime goals, developing an educational plan, and assistance in transitioning to a four-year University.


Members of the professional community are recruited and trained to share with Puente students career advice regarding their personal experiences of integrating culture and family with academic and professional success.


Program Events

table of events

Days and Times are subject to change.


Eligibility and Application 

Open to all students that are eligible for English 1A.

View Application Materials

For further information call:

Adriana Rivera                                                    Nixora Ferman
Counselor                                                           Counselor
415-452-3035                                                     415-239-3593
arivera@ccsf.edu                                                nferman@ccsf.edu