The mission of the Puente Project is to increase the number of educationally underserved students who enroll in four- year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors to future generations.
Puente was founded in 1981 by the Co-Directors, Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath, at Chabot College. The original program mission was to increase the number of Mexican American/Latino students transferring to four year colleges and universities. Since then, Puente has expanded to 55 community colleges throughout the state. The Puente project is the proud recipient of the Ford Foundation Innovations in American Government Award. The Puente program came into existence at San Diego Mesa College in 1998 and has served over 200 students and continuous to successfully serve students to this day.