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May 25th, 2009

Events for Fall 2009

Laney College Puente Program hosted a Mentor Student Event – Student Mentor Matching Luncheon on September 21, 2009, from 11:30 – 1:30 at 900 Fallon Street, room T 450.  The event was the first event offered during the fall semester.

Our next event was held October 26, 2009, at this event students shared their posters from the “Who am I” assignment, a joint theme assignment for both English and Counseling classes, that was later displayed at Laney College Library.

The Puente Motivational Transfer Conference an annual event for the fall, took place this year at Cal State Sacramento – 900 Puentistas were there, the keynote speaker was Honorable Cruz  Reynoso.  Workshops, campus tour, breakfast and lunch as well as other activities were provided.  The finale to the event was performance by students from eight colleges.  Five of our Laney College Puente students performed with a dance that incorporated Capoeira which was well received, and one of the highlights for our Puente students.

We will be having our end of the semester event:  a pot luck with everyone sharing a meal and conversations, on Sunday, December 13, 2009 in Castro Valley, at Loretta Hernandez’s home.    

Puente students have been presenting on major of interest and on how to use the Kurzweil Program – Universal Learning system – Smartext Program offered at the DSP&S computer lab also available at F 170 lab.  A program Stacey Kayden has been mainstreaming nationwide used by many students as one of the learning tools to add to their educational toolbox . 

Puente students have also been meeting with their mentors and developing a stronger relationship where students learn the benefits of networking and access to their education and career posibilities available.


The events have been successful and participants have benefitted from the interactions and outcomes.
We thank everyone for the ongoing support provided to Puente students, faculty and program,
Loretta & Laurel
Laney College Puente Program Coordinators

Please check out Puente Pictures of some of last years events taken by Chi Au by clicking on the Flickr link. 

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Puente Program Fall 2009

May 25th, 2009

We welcome new and prospective students to our Laney College Puente Program Spring  2010!!

We look forward to working with you in our Puente Counseling and Puente English courses, you will be joining a cohort of students that will be together for a year. You will have the opportunity to meet and get to know all the students in the cohort, by participating in community building activities and as we develop a sense of familia/family and learn how to provide support to one another. We have lots of plans to assist you in preparing to transfer to one of the universities of your choice.

Thinking Transfer?

Puente is a National Award Winning Program that has helped thousands of underrepresented students to achieve their academic dreams. Puente’s goal is to increase the number of students who transfer to four year college and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors to future generations.

Puente Eligibility:

  1. Assessed at English 201A or 201B  for Fall semester or prerequisite completed
  2. Assesed at English 1A for Spring semester or having prerequisite completed
  3. Transfer bound
  4. Make a one year commitment to taking linked courses in Puente English and Puente Counseling courses
  5. Enroll full time – 12 units

If you qualify you need to talk with Ms. Hernandez, classes are locked and she can give you add cards to be able to enroll. Call (510) 464-3234 to set up an appointment with her.

Fall 2009 courses were:

English 201 A – Preparation for Composition and Reading – Code 40556 or English 201 B - Code 40670 – Room A 120 – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 am – 12:20 pm  Laurel Benjamin

Counseling 224 – College Preparedness - Code 40434 Puente Personal Development Course - Room B 266 – Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 10:00 – 10:50 am  Loretta Hernandez

Spring 2010 courses are:

English 1A – Composition and Reading – Code 20468 – Room F 201 Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 – 11:50am    Laurel Benjamin

Counseling 57 – Career and Life Planning – Code 21593 Puente Personal Developmentn Course – Room F 205 – Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 10:00 – 10:50 am   Loretta Hernandez

Students must enroll in both courses to be in the Puente Program, to enroll students need to meet with Ms. Hernandez – Contact her at (510) 464-3234 or 508-4907 for an appointment.

Orientations can be scheduled by contacting Loretta Hernandez at (510) 464-3234 or 508-5907.

If curious or interested please call Loretta Hernandez at the above number.

Looking forward to meeting you.

Puente Program Spring 2010

Laney College Puente Program

The Puente Program at Laney College is committed to prepare students for the challenges of college studies through a two-semester program of college level English composition, counseling, and a mentorship with a successful community professional. With our small classes you actually receive more personal attention in the culturally sensitive content that has an intense focus on developing your writing skill. Puente counselors also help you find your career path and understand the requirements necessary to transfer to a university or four-year college. The mentorship completes the program by providing a real-world experience you will always remember. The combination of the three – the college level English composition class, the counseling support, and personal mentoring by a community professional – can guarantee your success in university studies. Looking forward to having you join us in completing the  2008 – 2009 academic year!!

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