The co–directors, Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath at Chabot College in Hayward,
founded Puente in 1981. The program mission was to increase the number of Mexican
American/Latino students transferring to four–year colleges and universities. Since
then, Puente has expanded to over 60 community colleges throughout the Country. As
an outgrowth of its success as a community college program, Puente high school programs
were added throughout the State in 1993.