Puente @ COS

WHAT IS

PUENTE?!

Puente came to COS in 1995, when Teresa Guadiana and Joni Jordan started their first team. In the Fall of 2009 a second team was added to the COS Puente Project with a new counselor, Sandy Valenzuela. That year started off with 51 students and two counseling/teaching teams: Teresa Guadiana/ David Hurst and Sandy Valenzuela/ Stacy Brand. Ms. Guadiana saw Puente through its 20th year celebration, and her legacy of "See It, Believe it, Achieve it," lives on today through the program.

Through the rotation of teaching and counseling teams, Puente has remained a thriving, successful program on the COS campus. Puente currently has one cohort of students that take English, Counseling and engage in extra-curricular activities throughout the year.   Our current teaching and counseling team include Jamie Moore and Ambar Alvarez Soto.

Teresa Guadiana
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
1

ENGLISH

Students take English 1 and 301  in their Fall semester and English 2 their Spring semester. The English courses focuses on multicultural literature, social justice, testimonio, and academic research. 

2

COUNSELING / Student Development

Puente Club

The Puente Club is a great way for students to stay connected to the Program during their time at COS. The Puente Club is also open to other COS students who want to participate in club activities. The club works throughout the year on raising money to fund student scholarships and engages in community service projects. The club hosts several yearly events including Dia de la Independencia  and Cinco de Mayo celebrations. 

Club meetings are held every other Thursday from 3-4pm. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 29th at 12pm in the Puente Center (TULE 569) at the COS Visalia campus. Meetings include planning for events, guest speakers, and information about events and opportunities on campus and in the community. Visit the Puente Center for the latest information on the club!

In the fall, Puente students take Counseling 100, Career and Life Planning, to explore career options and gain an awareness of various factors related to lifelong satisfaction and development.

In the spring, students take Counseling 25, Creating College Success, which builds skills to maintain success during their educational journey.  

3

MENTORING

Each student is paired with a mentor in the community to encourage their success, share their own educational journey and provide networking opportunities to the students. Mentors and students engage in individual meetings as well as program-wide celebrations together. 

ENGLISH PROFESSOR

Jamie Moore

English Instructor

Puente Co-Coordinator

559.737.4827

jamiem@cos.edu

PUENTE COUNSELOR

Dr. Ambar Alvarez Soto

Counselor

Puente Co-Coordinator

559.737.4815

ambara@cos.edu

PUENTE CENTER

SUPER HERO

Fay Moline

Senior Secretary

559.737.4850

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CONTACT INFORMATION 

915 S. Mooney Blvd.

Visalia, CA 93277

Campus website: www.cos.edu

PUENTE CENTER HOURS

VISALIA CAMPUS • Tule 569A

Computer Lab & Study Center

• Schedule  Appointments

• Resource center

MONDAY - FRIDAY

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

COLLEGE OF THE SEQUOIAS

PUENTE CENTER

559.737.4850
puente@cos.edu
Ambar Alvarez Soto, Counselor
ambara@cos.edu
Jamie Moore, English Instructor
jamiem@cos.edu

© 2018 by  COS Puente Team