Puente Mission

The Puente Program was historically designed to increase the number Latino students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations. Puente is open to all students. The Puente Program at City College of San Francisco has been recognized as #1 in California for a 62% UC transfer rate.

Program Model

The Puente program model consists of three interrelated components: writing, counseling and mentoring. This approach provides a focused, sustained, and engaging learning environment for students.

English Instruction

An accelerated writing course sequence that incorporates Mexican American/Latino and other multicultural authors, experience, and issues, through which students progress from pre-transfer level writing (English 96) through the transfer-level English composition class (English 1A), in one year.


The Puente counselor provides students with sustained, in-depth, career and academic guidance throughout their enrollment at the community college. Counseling includes identifying lifetime goals, developing an educational plan, and assistance in transitioning to a four-year University.


Members of the professional community are recruited and trained to share with Puente students career advice regarding their personal experiences of integrating culture and family with academic and professional success.


Open to all students that are eligible for English 96.

For further information call:

Gregoria Cahill                                               Nixora Ferman
Counselor                                                       Counselor
415-452-4815                                                 415-239-3593
gcahill@ccsf.edu                                           nferman@ccsf.edu