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Student Success Program


25 Year Celebration at Fresno City College
Watch the short film on the impact that the Puente Program has had here at Fresno City College over the last 25 years. Click here to watch the film.

Puente Project
The Puente program is a statewide program at Fresno City College which helps prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, earn their degrees and return to the community as leaders and mentors to future generations. Students commit to one-year of English instruction, sustained counseling, and mentoring. Puente has been on the FCC Campus since 1987.

Contact Information:
Jaime Duran - Counselor/Co-Coordinator


Phone: 559-442-4600

Office: St-200 

Lori Natal - Counselor/Co-Coordinator                                                                                                     

Phone: 559-442-4600 x8644
Office: ST 208A, Counseling Department

Kenneth Chacon - Instructor/Co-Coordinator


Teresa Tarazi


Counseling Department
2nd Floor of Student Services Building
Hours of Operation – 8:00am to 5:00pm

1101 E. University
Fresno, California 93741
Student Services Building (ST), upstairs
Telephone - (559) 442-8226
Fax – (559) 485-7304

Program Eligibility:
-Complete the Fresno City College application and take the placement test
-Qualify to register for English 125 & 126 or ESL 67 & 68
-Be willing to commit to a one year program
-Have an interest in transferring to a baccalaureate institution
-Have an interest in discussing topics within the Chicano/Latino Community
-Puente Program is open to all students

Program Requirements:
-Enrollment in English 125 and/or 126, Counseling 43, and Chicano Latino Studies 11 for fall semester
-Enrollment in English 1A and Counseling 48 for spring semester
-Enrollment in English 3 and Chicano Latino Studies 21 for following fall semester                                       -Participate and meet with a Puente Mentor
-Participate in field trips to universities, cultural activites, and program events

Puente Statewide Office:
Puente was founded by English Instructor Pat McGrath and Counselor Felix Galaviz in 1981. The program was piloted in the bay area at Chabot College. Since then, 62 community colleges participate throughout California. Of the students who complete the one-year program, 48 percent transfer to a four-year college or university, compared with only 7 percent of non-Puente students. Visit the Puente website at for more statewide news and information.

Lori Natal, Counselor
Jaime Duran, Counselor                                                                                                                         Kenneth Chacon, English Instructor
Teresa Tarazi, English Instructor

The Puente Team works together to provide the personal support students need to pursue their educational goals and transfer to a baccalaureate institution.

Last updated: 10/9/2015 2:06:07 PM