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Puente Project
Puente Class Descriptions

Fall Semester Puente Classes
CRER 128: Foundation for College Success
CRER 128 is designed to assist CSM Puente students in developing the skills and tools critical to succeed in college. Through a holistic and comprehensive approach, the course will consist of college orientation, student success strategies, cultural identity, and personal development as a foundation for college success. Puente students will have the opportunity to engage collaboratively and promote team building. Topics covered will include educational planning, self-assessment, student success strategies, motivation, study skills, learning styles, and educational attainment processes. CRER 128 will support the degree/transfer attainment of Puente students by establishing a sense of belonging, enhancing student engagement and self-reflection as well as deepening the understanding of the college system.

ENGL 838: Intensive Introduction to Composition and Reading
ENGL 838 is an intensive reading and composition class designed to strengthen students’ reading and writing skills and prepare them for college-level work. Students will read various full-length texts written by Latino authors and work collaboratively to uncover different themes that emerge from these texts in a dynamic classroom environment. English 838 includes intensive instruction in reading comprehension and vocabulary development, elements of the essay, and composing techniques necessary for college writing.

Spring Semester Puente Classes
CRER 129: Puente Transfer Readiness
CRER 129 is part of the Puente Project and must be taken concurrently with ENGL 105. CRER 129 builds upon CRER 128 and is designed to assist CSM Puente students  in developing the knowledge and skills needed to complete their educational goals with a focus on transfer, career planning, and a Latino social justice research project.  Topics covered will include transfer process, personal statements, universities (UC, CSU, and independent), TAGs, transfer resources, career planning process, career assessment, values/skills, research methodology, and more, within an environment of collaboration and team building. This course will require participation in off-campus field trips and activities.

ENGL 105: Intensive Composition
ENGL 105 is a transferrable course, the equivalent of any university-level English 1A. Students will read primarily non-fiction texts and continue to enhance the composition skills learned in English 838. Students can expect challenging in-class activities and out-of-class work, continued collaborative tasks with classmates, field trips focusing on transfer, and a research project supported by both the English and career courses in which they are enrolled.