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Academic Support Resources | Career Preparation  | Campus Resources  

Conference Materials | Cultural Resources  | Financial Aid Resources | Mentor Resources

Puente Events | Student Resources | Transfer Resources| Volunteer Resources


The Puente Program strives to provide students and mentors with resources to make the most of the Puente experience. The following resources were compiled to reflect the rich diversity of participants in the program.  Please feel free to send any suggestions to:

Academic Support Resources

Course Compass
Pearson MyLabs in CourseCompass are powerful tutorial and assessment products with ready-to-use tests and assignments, custom-built exercises, and automatic grading. is dedicated to providing revolutionary ways for students, parents, teachers, and everyone to learn math.

Career Preparation:

College Central
An online job search network for college students
A global database of internships and entry-level positions for students, recent graduates and career changers.
An online database of summer and paid internship opportunities
The Missing Major site is designed  to decipher what Majors might be suitable for a student. Attempts to get a student to access their colleges career resources to get the help they need.

Occupational Outlook Handbook 

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Campus Resources:





Career Center

Cooperative Education



Financial Aid

Honors Program


Phi Theta Kappa

Student Employment

Ticket Information Center

Transfer Center

Trio Student Support Services

Writing Center

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Conference Materials:

Fall 2011 : "Transferring Made Easy" Conference

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Cultural Resources:

  African American Holiday Association (AAHA)
The African American Holiday Association is a 50l(c)3, tax-exempt, non-profit, membership, organization that perpetuates and preserves culture through traditional and non-traditional holidays, celebrations and rituals since 1989.

American Indian Library Association (AILA)
An affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), the American Indian Library Association is a membership action group that addresses the library-related needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Members are individuals and institutions interested in the development of programs to improve Indian library, cultural, and informational services in school, public, and research libraries on reservations. AILA is also committed to disseminating information about Indian cultures, languages, values, and information needs to the library community. AILA cosponsors an annual conference and holds a yearly business meeting in conjunction with the American Library Association annual meeting. It publishes the American Indian Libraries Newsletter, which appears in four issues per year.

California Native American Heritage Commission
For the preservation and protection of Native American remains, associated grave goods and cultural resources.

Cesar Chavez Foundation
The mission of the Cesar Chavez Foundation (501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, is to maximize human potential to improve communities by preserving, promoting and applying the legacy and universal values of civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce.  HHF is a 501c3 (Federal ID# 52-1818255) nonprofit organization and all sponsorships facilitate its year-round programs including the Hispanic Heritage Awards, Youth Awards, LOFT (Latinos on Fast Track) Network, Speakers Bureau, and

Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF)
The Korean American Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer-managed organization established to help meet the financial needs of Korean-American students seeking higher education.  The KASF seeks 1) to assist Korean American students in pursuit of academic and personal achievement, 2) to encourage community and civic service as an integral part of leadership development, and 3) to nurture the sense of pride and confidence in Korean cultural heritage and tradition.

Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles (KCCLA)
The Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles welcomes the general public to experience the rich traditions and history of Korean through specialized programs, sponsored events and multiple learning resources.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

NativeWeb is an international, nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to using telecommunications including computer technology and the Internet to disseminate information from and about indigenous nations, peoples, and organizations around the world; to foster communication between native and non-native peoples; to conduct research involving indigenous peoples' usage of technology and the Internet; and to provide resources, mentoring, and services to facilitate indigenous peoples' use of this technology.
As the U.S. government's official web portal, makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. also serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government.

United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) mission is to:"... enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives."  The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) mission is to: "... provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with the tribes' needs to cultural and economic well being in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities. The Bureau considers the whole person (spiritual, mental, physical and cultural aspects.)"

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Financial Aid Resources:

American Indian Scholarship Fund
The American Indian College Fund transforms Indian higher education by funding and creating awareness of the unique, community-based accredited Tribal Colleges and Universities, offering students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values which enhance their communities and the country as a whole.

Asian and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund
Our vision is to see that all Asian and Pacific Islander Americans who wish to pursue higher education have that opportunity.

Catching the Dream
The mission of Catching the Dream (CTD) is to help improve the quality of life in Indian communities through the higher education of Indian people. Provide scholarship assistance for students who demonstrate academic achievement, clearly defined goals, leadership, the determination to succeed, and the desire to return to their communities and help others to realize their dreams.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading Hispanic scholarship organization, providing the Hispanic community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. In 34 years, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded over 90,000 scholarships to students in need worth over $250M. Two-thirds of these students were the first in their families to go to college.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF)
The Korean American Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer-managed organization established to help meet the financial needs of Korean-American students seeking higher education.

Mexican American Legal Defense And Educational Fund (MALDEF)
MALDEF promotes equality and justice through litigation, advocacy, public policy, and community education in the areas of employment, immigrants' rights, voting rights, education, and language rights.  MALDEF strives to implement programs that are structured to bring Latinos into the mainstream of American political and socio-economic life; providing better educational opportunities; encouraging participation in all aspects of society; and offering a positive vision for the future.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

The Sallie Mae Fund
The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae®, achieves its mission-to increase access to higher education for America's students-by supporting programs and initiatives that help open doors to higher education, prepare families for their college investment, and bridge the gap when no one else can. In addition, The Fund supports employee volunteerism and community service in the communities where Sallie Mae employees live and work.  

Thurgood Marshall College Fund
To develop and prepare a new generation of leaders by providing leadership development, scholarships, resources, opportunities and advocacy to Public Historically Black Colleges & Universities, students and alumni.

United Negro College Fund
A major college program with help & resources to Historically Black Colleges, including key scholarships.

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Mentor Resources:

"How to Mentor College Students"

International Mentoring Association
Information and advice for mentors

"Minority Mentoring"

"Socializing and Mentoring College Students of Color: the Puente Project as an Exemplary Celebratory Socialization Model"
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"The Latino Education Crisis"

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Student Recources:

Online text book renting website.

Excelencia in Education
Information source on improving Latino educational success

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
To improve access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students

Index of American Universities

The Choosing America Project
"We are looking for authentic anecdotes (1500-4000 words) from your own experience as an immigrant who chose to live in America. We are looking for short stories that can illuminate the big picture; dramatic accounts that transform the word 'immigrant' to something moving and personal; tales that express the very essence of being an immigrant in America. The goal of the project is to turn some of these stories into short films for public screening."


The Migration Project

Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC)
The mission of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges is to pursue policies that will improve student access, promote student success, engage and empower local student leaders, and enrich the collegiate experience for all California community college students.

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  Transfer Resources:
ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California's public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.

How to plan for and apply to the California State University

UC Transfer
This Web site explains what you'll need to do to transfer and how you can make smart course choices now that will maximize your chances of being admitted to UC.
University of California undergraduate admissions and application network.

VVC Transfer Center
This website is designed to guide you through the transfer process and provide you with resources.

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Volunteer Resources:
"Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives." is an online resource for finding and creating volunteer opportunities.

California Campus Compact
"California Campus Compact is a coalition of California's leading colleges and universities. We build the collective commitment and capacity of colleges, universities and communities to advance civic and community engagement for a healthy, just and democratic society."

United Way
A United Way is a volunteer-led, nonprofit organization located in a geographic community that seeks and addresses the root causes of key issues, is accountable for stewardship of resources and is accountable for short-term and long-term results.

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Last Updated: 11/23/11