We recently had the opportunity to speak with Lyman Insley one of the head coordinators of VVCs Puente program, a program in almost all California community colleges and slowly making its way to other state community colleges.
Q (Ramirez):What is the Puente program?
A (Insley): The Puente Program a cohort (group) style setting where you are provided with college readiness but also support to endure the endless obstacles you will encounter into higher education.
Q: Why/when did it start?
A: The program started sometime in the early 80’s specifically in community colleges, with the intent to help freshman transfer within two years.
Q:What is the goal of it?
A:To transfer with the skills and tools to move forward without guidance and knowledge to take on what comes your way in the university you choose to transfer to.
Q:What are the requirements to join? Who can join?
A: You must be committed to taking the required guidance and english courses during Fall & Spring semester.
Fall: ENG 101 GUID 101 ; Spring: ENG 104 GUID 107
Q: What are the benefits of being in this program?
A: You get direct access to a counselor (will be your teacher, you get to endure life experiences to prepare you for your future transfer to a University/Cal State.
Q: Who would a student talk to to join?
A: Lyman Insley & Nathan Franklin