Puente @ COS
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.
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
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.
COUNSELING / Student Development
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.
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.
Dr. Ambar Alvarez Soto