Meet Lissa

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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 Committee, she also gives back to her committee as a volunteer for student-led fundraising efforts.

For Lissa, PUENTE is a special place. “PUENTE really makes a difference and helps people improve their careers,” says Lissa.

Now, she even takes two buses to commute to PUENTE when other educational options are available in her area.

According to Lissa, “PUENTE is like my home away from home.”