Foothill College Puente Project


Puente was founded in 1981 by Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath at Chabot Community College in Hayward, California. Their goal was to increase the number of Mexican American and Latino students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Since then, Puente has expanded to 78 community colleges and 38 high schools throughout California, and tens of thousands of students have been served. The Puente Program at Foothill College, first launched in 2000, continues the legacy of creating community and transferring students to 4-year colleges, through implementation of the Puente mission and model.

Puente is open to all students and is designed to meet the needs of students from populations with low rates of enrollment at four-year colleges. We recruit students at high schools, on campus and at student orientations. Students come from a range of backgrounds and are usually the first in their families to attend college.



Puente, Spanish for "bridge", is a national-award winning program that has helped thousands of students reach their dreams of college success.