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PuenteThe Puente program is sponsored by the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP) and the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges. Puente (Spanish for bridge) has provided tens of thousands of California students with a vision of success and the support to make that vision a reality.

Our Mission

To increase the number of students who transfer and enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn their degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors of future generations.

Our Program

Puente students enjoy an exciting and supportive learning experience while studying at Sierra College. More information about this nationally recognized program can be found at

Building California's workforce … strengthening our economy!

Holding high expectations while valuing cultural and social capital.

The Puente program consists of (4) components:

1. Classes:

  • Fall semester: English A and Personal Development 1
  • Spring semester: English 1A and History 23.

Course Descriptions: The content of the Puente classes and assignments focus primarily on topics about the social, cultural, historical and educational experiences of Latinos in the United States.

English professor Jason Roberts is very well known for his success at helping students develop critical writing and thinking skills. Read the Puente English A success rate.

Dr. Reyes Ortega helps students gain an understanding of the complexities of higher education and gain an appreciation of Mexican American/Latino history that begins with the Olmec, Maya and Aztec cultures to the present.

2. Counseling:

A Counselor works closely with students to be successful in college.

3. Mentors:

This is a great opportunity for students to begin networking with local professionals who can share career information and educational opportunities.

4. Activities:

Puente students take field trips to universities and attend off-campus cultural events.

Applying to the Puente Program:

Complete the Puente Information Form and email to Dr. Reyes Ortega (email) or Professor Jason Roberts (email). Information Forms can also be mailed to: Sierra College, Counseling Department, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin CA 95677.

You are invited!

The Puente Club of Sierra College meets each Monday, 2:00-3:00pm, Room J-7 during the fall and spring semesters. Everyone is welcome!

Visit our web page.

In the News!

Manuel Vazquez (Puente 12/13) was offered a competitive six-week summer internship opportunity with Intel Corporation and Sacramento State University called the Intel Ultimate Engineering Experience Program. The technical engineering experience is packed with activities to show students the impact engineering has in the world and how far a career in engineering can take them. Participants will build robots, develop apps and act like entrepreneurs to create solutions to improve people’s lives.

Marisa Magallanes (Puente 11/12) was elected as Sierra College's first Mexican American/Latina ASSC student government president for the 2013-2014 academic year!

Zobeida Mendez (Puente 12/13) was elected ASSC student government Senator for the 2013-2014 academic year!

Diana Deniz and Leslie Ramirez (Puente 12/13) were selected to attend the annual 2013 ten-day Summer Leadership Conference at UC Riverside. Sixty students from forty-nine colleges will be in attendance. Participants will learn how to run a successful campaign, discuss issues affecting students in higher education, and exchange ideas with Puente students from throughout the state!

Angie Avila (Puente 11/12) was offered admission to attend a week-long Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) Workshop at the University of Illinois. Combining ethical, legal, and social discussions surrounding historical Native American encounters with science and hands-on training in the latest genomics techniques and analytical programs, the goal of the workshop is to help prepare participants for future leadership positions in science research and teaching careers.

Congratulations to everyone!

University Transfer Students: Future leaders of California!


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