Recent PUENTE Posts

  • Despedida de Irene Ortiz

    On Friday, August 9, 2019, PUENTE colleagues shared a goodbye luncheon for long-time teacher, Mrs. Irene Ortiz. Irene has been with PUENTE for 34 years and is the first teacher to join the organization. Irene began her career as an educator in Boyle Heights more than 45 years ago at Breed St. Elementary. In 1985… Read more »

  • Summer Adventure and Family Connection

    Two years ago, Elizabeth wasn’t sure she’d be able to find a high-quality summer program for her daughter, Cielo. Then she found out about PUENTE. Last week, Cielo was one of 150 students who completed our Summer Adventure Camp. The program is offered at a nominal fee to prevent summer learning loss for neighborhood children… Read more »

  • Meet Benjamin

    Benjamin Chavez Aguirre was looking for English classes when he moved to Los Angeles from Tijuana, Mexico. At his sister’s suggestion, he began ESL classes at PUENTE. He went on to enroll in High School Diploma and Computer Applications as well. While a student at PUENTE, Benjamin was an overnight food service worker, a bartender,… Read more »

  • PUENTE Student Finds Path to Career Success

    Check out this article from the newsletter of our partner—Los Angeles Unified School District’s Division of Adult & Career Education (DACE)—featuring Liliana Aparicio, who is a LAUSD student on-site at PUENTE as well as a parent in our Charter School. #PUENTEstories A New Beginning DACE has many success stories, but the speed by which it… Read more »

  • PUENTE Today Spring 2019

    Check out our PUENTE Today Newsletter Spring 2019

  • Celebrating Gloria Rojas and Irene Ortiz

    At the end of the 2018-2019 school year, teachers Gloria Rojas and Irene Ortiz will retire after a combined 50+ years as educators. From preparing kindergartners to helping adults complete their high school diplomas, both women have spent the last three decades making a difference in the lives of hundreds of PUENTE students. Gloria Rojas… Read more »

  • Student Story – Erika Ruiz

    Erika Ruiz first learned about PUENTE Learning Center when she moved to Boyle Heights four years ago. Her new neighbors recommended PUENTE as a community resource and called it a “local gem.” She received so many recommendations about the school and its programs that she decided to check it out for herself. Erika enrolled her… Read more »

  • Meet Griselda and Andy

    Griselda is the latest PUENTE student to become a new U.S. citizen. Andy is her volunteer citizenship instructor. He accompanied Griselda to the naturalization ceremony. PUENTE is more than a learning center. We’re a community resource. By preparing students for the citizenship exam, PUENTE makes it possible for more people in our community to enjoy… Read more »

  • Student Story – Digital Initiatives

    Spotlight: Digital Initiatives Sandra Villalobos had just lost her job of 25 years when she found out about PUENTE’s Digital Initiatives. After completing the Intro to Computers course, she gained valuable skills and found a new job at Allstate Insurance in Boyle Heights. When Sandra became unemployed, fear gripped her. She had never pursued higher… Read more »

  • Student Story – Meet Linda Tran

    Linda Tran was a high school junior when she came to PUENTE in 2017 for help in applying to college. Linda enrolled in SAT Prep classes at PUENTE, which have been offered for over 20 years in partnership with Kaplan, Inc. at no cost to students. Linda also attended a financial aid workshop at PUENTE,… Read more »

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