The Bridge (Puente) Program

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The Bridge (Puente) Program LogoHouston Community College’s (HCC) The Bridge (Puente) Program is structured based on a nationally recognized academic, counseling, and mentoring program of support model for students to build the skills necessary for success in both academic and career goals.

HCC’s The Bridge (Puente) Program is for all students. It allows you to take advantage of the benefits of working with and learning from classmates, faculty, and support staff within and outside of formal class activities. With these added boosts, you will excel and grow as you advance towards completing your degree or certificate program. The Program also helps in the development of interpersonal and leadership skills.

HCC’s The Bridge (Puente) Program offers cohort-based learning with students, faculty, and staff acting as a community of support. Bridge students take required classes together and enjoy a rigorous, challenging, and culturally responsive curriculum.

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What is The Bridge (Puente) Program?

The Bridge (Puente) Program at HCC is a cohort modeled student success program that focuses on culturally relevant and culturally responsive practices that help to ensure a holistically reflective educational experience for students. It is based on the nationally recognized Puente Project.

The Puente Project is a nationally recognized student success model headquartered at UC Berkeley. The Puente Project leadership works to implement the program at middle schools, high schools and community colleges across the states of California, Texas, and Washington.

The Puente Project was founded in 1981 at Chabot College. The Project was launched as a grassroots initiative to address the low rate of academic achievement among Mexican American and Latino students. They discovered three key patterns among Latina/o/x students: 1) students were avoiding academic counseling, 2) students were not enrolling in college-level writing courses, and 3) students were the first in their families to attend college. The Puente Project model that emerged in response to these patterns is comprised of three components: 1) rigorous language arts instruction, 2) sustained academic counseling, and 3) community leadership development and mentoring.


Benefits for Bridge (Puente) Scholars

  • Personal college and career advising from start to finish, with strategies for college success
  • Placement in classes with a group of Bridge (Puente) students for a year
  • Assignment of mentors
  • Scholarship and special work study opportunities
  • Participation in culturally enriched activities
  • Hands-on active learning in classrooms with rigorously trained instructors and tutors
  • University tours


Who can sign-up to join the Program?

Any HCC student

For more information, email us at


Contacts and Locations

HCC offers the Bridge (Puente) Program at each College.

Bridge (Puente) Advisors

Kimberly Bartee, South Campus
(713) 718-6845

Michael Hobdy, South Campus

Syeda Sahar, Central Campus

Savannarissa Warren, Northline Campus
(713) 718-8075

Ebunoluwa Ijiyera, Alief Hayes Campus

Afsaneh Tarhandeh, Alief Hayes Campus

Luisa Rochez, Eastside Campus

Vivian Ellis, Missouri City

Natasha Hindocha, West Loop




What classes will I need to take?

As part of HCC’s Bridge (Puente) Program, students need to take two of the following classes during their first semester:

  • ENGL 1301
  • EDUC 1300
  • HIST 1301


Students need to take two of the following classes during their second semester:

  • ENGL 1302
  • HUMA 1301
  • HIST 1302


Additional Resources


What is swoop to the rescue?

It is an application that helps students within HCC with funds/ expenses. When the city is going through a crisis for example Hurricane Harvey many students lost their homes and clothes and (etc.) The Swoop application that takes no more than 2-3 minutes to fill out helped many students.


How to get access to HCC laptop and WiFi:

On campus to get a laptop, you go to the library and show them your HCC Id card and from there they will give you a laptop for up to a month, if needed past a month take it back to the library go through the scanning process and they will allow you to take it again.

As of getting access to WiFi, you’d go to HCC website as provided below:


The Bridge (Puente) Program

For more information, email us at

Dr. Natalie Garza, Bridge (Puente) Coordinator

Dr. Desmond Lewis, Dean, College Readiness

Professor Annie Tsui, Department Chair, Integrated Reading and Writing

Jorge Mendoza, Administrative Assistant, College Readiness Dean’s Office

Anjana Gala, Administrative Assistant, Integrated Reading and Writing