WHAT TYPES OF ACTIVITIES DO STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN?
Students are encouraged and required to take part in individual and group activities that will expose them to new experiences and offer opportunities to develop leadership and networking skills. These experiences not only provide students a way to get to know each other outside of the classroom, they also offer students unique ways of connecting with mentors and community leaders.
Special Activities - The Puente Program and Puente Club coordinates special activities each semester to welcome mentors, new students and their families into what we consider a family environment. Throughout the semester fundraisers, workshops and networking events are provided to help students learn about resources and keep connected. At the end of the ssemester, a "recognition dinner" is held to offeradministrators, family members and friends of the program an opportunity to honor both students and mentors for their participation in the program.
Community Service -Once per semester students and their mentors are required to take part in community service projects throughout the High Desert (see Puente Program calendar for upcoming dates). In the fall, projects are scheduled on the third Saturday in October which coincides with "Make a Difference Day", a national effort to encourage individuals to give back to their community. In the spring, projects are scheduled on the third Saturday in April which coincides with "Youth Service Day", a national effort to encourage young people to make a difference in their communities.
College Tours -Each semester the Puente Program coordinates a trip to visit various California State and University of California campuses. During these trips, students have a chance to truly feel the atmosphere of that Universities campus. Every campus has a different feel, for students planning to go to these institutions it is definitely beneficial to personally visit and take to heart whether they truly like the university.These trips provide campus tours with fellow peers, which not only deepens bonds while having fun, but also creates a personal connection between the student and the school.
Puente Student Motivational Conference -In the fall semester students attend a motivational conference at a University of California campus. Students from all the statewide community college Puente Programs are invited to take part in a full day of activities which includes a question and answer session with a panel of UC Admissions Representatives, informative workshops and guest speakers from various industries including television, film and the literary world.
Cultural Events - Students are invited to take an active role in identifying and/or planning cultural activities that are of interest to them. The Puente Club officers will take the lead in facilitating these activities and all Puente students are encouraged to participate.
Internship Opportunities - see Puente Counselor for more information
For more information, please contact:
Lyman Insley, Puente Program Coordinator/Counselor
Counseling & Administration: Building #55, Room 9
Phone: (760) 245-4271, extension 2208, Email: Lyman.Insley@vvc.edu
Nathan Franklin, Puente Program Coordinator/English Instructor
Building #21, Room 131
Phone: (760) 245-4271, extension 2220, Email: Nathan.Franklin@vvc.edu
Information Line: (760) 245-4271, extension 2627