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PUENTE’s adult programs serve more people than any of our other program areas.

PUENTE offers adult education and workforce development classes year-round, providing support in English as a Second Language, High School Diploma & HiSET Preparation, and Career Skills. Many adult students attend multiple classes, filling over 1,000 classroom seats monthly. 91% of adult students rate their learning experience as “excellent.”

Beyond the academic, many of our adult students also attend our community activities and have family members in our programs for children and youth.

Every day, PUENTE directly provides courses of study as well as supplements the classes of our educational partners, including East Los Angeles Occupational Center, Los Angeles City College, and others. Together with our partners, PUENTE offers opportunities for adult students to increase employability, obtain technical training, and acquire language and academic skills for career readiness.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Each year, hundreds of adults study ESL at PUENTE through our partnership with East Los Angeles Occupational Center. ESL classes are available for all levels of language proficiency, from beginner to advanced. PUENTE also offers direct-service ESL enrichment classes in Conversation as well as Civics and Citizenship. 

All ESL classes are open enrollment and free of charge. 

High School Diploma and
HiSET Test Preparation

Over 200 adult students enroll each year in our Individual Instruction Lab (II Lab) to make up credits toward their high school diploma. The II Lab consistently achieves a 75% overall persistence rate and a 100% graduation rate for students on track to complete within the academic year. 

PUENTE also prepares students for the HiSET Test. The HiSET replaces the GED as a high school equivalency exam. To increase access, we offer HiSET Test Preparation in Spanish.

PUENTE delivers these courses in partnership with East LA Occupational Center. Our staff members play an important role in enhancing the work of our partner.

Career Skills

PUENTE creates pathways to gainful and skills-based employment through direct-service Digital Literacy classes, including Computer Essentials, Microsoft Applications, Google Workspace, and more.

Through our partners, we offer courses in Computer Operations and Office Occupations (ELAOC), In-Home Supportive Services Certification (LACC), Early Childhood Education – Associate Teacher Certification (UCLA Extension), and the Success Academy (UCLA Extension).

Want to register for classes or learn more?

View the current class schedule and complete an online registration form. Questions? Email registration@puente.org or call our front desk at 323-780-8900 during business hours (Mon-Thurs 7:30 am – 8:30 pm, Fri 7:30 am – 6 pm, Sat 8:30 am – 12:30 pm).

 You can also visit our location and speak to someone directly.
If you’re a student from our partner schools, you may reach out to your counselor or advisor.

Are you an employer interested in hiring from PUENTE?

With hundreds of adult students who complete our courses of study each year, and our family of alumni in the thousands, PUENTE has a sizeable pool of talent that is skilled and workforce-ready.

If you are an employer who is interested in hiring from PUENTE Learning Center students and graduates, visit our location or contact us at jobs@puente.org

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Meet Lissa

Lissa knew she needed practical skills to get ahead. Then, she found PUENTE. In our workforce development classes, she received valuable training to help her family’s small business expand. Not only that, at PUENTE Lissa discovered “a place to grow, a place that transformed my life.” After hearing about PUENTE’s classes from her mother, Lissa enrolled in our Digital Initiatives program, which prepares students for the workforce through instruction in subjects such as Networking, Microsoft Office, and Intuit QuickBooks. She is now certified in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. But Lissa didn’t stop there. She also enrolled in the 2019 summer session’s Success Academy, offered at PUENTE in partnership with UCLA Extension. Through her participation in the PUENTE Advisory…
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