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Napa Valley College is proud to offer the Puente Project. The Puente Project is an academic support program and learning community whose mission is to increase the number of educationally underrepresented students who:

  • enroll in four-year colleges,
  • earn college degrees, and
  • return to the community as mentors and leaders for future generations. 

The Puente Program is open to all students from any identity and affinity group.

Puente provides three areas of service to students: teaching, counseling, and mentoring.  The program serves students in 65+ community colleges, 38+ high schools, and 4 middle schools throughout California, and has expanded to Texas and Washington.  Puente's programs have benefited over 40,000 students directly and over 400,000 indirectly.  View more general information about the nation Puente Project.

Contact Us

  • PUENTE Dream Center ROOM 841
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

  • (707) 256-7685

Follow us on Instagram: @nvcpuente

The Puente approach is unique in that the reading is focused on Latinx and Mexican-American literature, essays, and cultural writings in both the fall and spring semester classes. 

The program follows this sequence (subject to change):

​Phase: Term(s) Classes (Units) Titles/Description
​Phase 1: Fall ​Engl 120 (4) +
Engl 95 (2)
Coun 100 (3)
​College Comp. & Research +
Comp Support
College Success
​Phase 2: Spring ​Engl 123 (4)
Coun 105 (1.5)+
Advanced Comp. & Crit. Thinking about Lit.
Transfer Success
​Phase 3: All remaining terms @ NVC ​Any future classes together Leadership Conference
Writing Conference
​Peer Mentoring
Club membership
Puente Activities

In addition to taking these courses together, students work with community mentors and attend events throughout the year that include university visits, workshops about networking and professional development, cultural activities such as museum tours, and theater and music productions, and more.

Steps to Enroll in the Program:

  1. Follow Steps 1-4 of the 5 Steps to Enroll for Napa Valley College.
  2. After the English placement tool (Step 3), complete the Puente Student Information Form
  3. Expect a call or email contact from a counselor
  4. Save Tuesdays from 9:30am to 12:15pm in your schedule for the Puente sections of classes

Contact a Counselor the following ways:

  1. Online through ConexEd/Cranium Cafe. Counseling Website
    *If the counselor is "Online", Knock on the door and start a chat session
  2. By email:
  3. By phone: (707) 256-7220

Contact Eric Martinez, Puente Counselor by email to learn more about the mentoring opportunities with Puente students.