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ERIC Number: ED429523
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 27
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Celebratory Socialization: Welcoming Latino Students to College.
Laden, Berta Vigil
This paper describes the Puente Project, a program developed to provide support services to Latino students attending California community colleges. A discussion of the organizational response to students of color and of organizational socialization practices is followed by a description of the development of the Puente Project. The project's success is described with examples. An analysis of the program based on semi-structured interviews with administrators, faculty, and Puente Project staff at two community colleges, telephone interviews with Puente Project staff at the state level, and a review of the research literature and archival data follows. The Puente Project cultural model is intended to produce successful academic outcomes, increased self-esteem, and greater self-confidence for Latino students through three program components: the writing component (a two-course sequence of accelerated writing instruction), the counseling component (which provides daily contact between the counselor and students), and the mentoring component (which fosters ongoing contacts between students and volunteers from the Latino professional and academic community). Evaluation results are highly positive program participants persisted at community colleges at a 97 percent rate and at least 48 percent of program participants transferred to four-year institutions. Examples of the program's replication and expansion into four-year institutions and high schools are offered. (Contains 31 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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