PUENTE Scholars Program. A Latinx student on a laptop.

About Us

The Puente Program is being developed in partnership with the national Puente Program. The Puente Program is a nationally recognized and award-winning academic program dedicated to advancing the education of Latinx students. The Puente Academic Program at Bellevue College is designed to support Latinx students in reaching their academic potential and returning to their communities as leaders and mentors of future generations.

What makes the PUENTE Program different and why should you participate?

The Puente program is dedicated with your success in mind providing:

  • Entry to college information guidance and support
  • Placement in a community-building cohort during your first year.
  • A supported path to complete English and Math requirements during the first year of College. Avoid delays!
  • Dedicated staff to provide you with academic advising, create an academic plan, and enroll in classes
  • Professors that are dedicated to your academic success with culturally relevant instruction and hands -on active learning, developing strong study skills and strategies, explore career options and developing a plan to achieve your goals.
  • A dedicated Counselor to help you with further guidance and support Bilingually English/Spanish
  • College visitation and college transfer support
  • Professional mentoring, tutoring and other academic support.
  • Participate in culturally enriching activities outside of the classroom
Puente Scholars Program Brochure

History of The PUENTE Program

The Puente program started in 1981, at Chabot Community College in Hayward, California. The program combines accelerated instruction, intensive academic advising and counseling, mentoring, and other support for Latinx students with a cultural lens. The Puente program has helped thousands of Latinx students achieve their academic goals. We are glad to offer to you the Bellevue College Puente Program.

Want more information about our Bellevue College PUENTE Program? Please fill out the PUENT Program Interest Form below and/or contact the PUENT Faculty & Staff listed below:

UMOJA and PUENTE Scholars Programs Information Session PUENTE Program Interest Form

Contact Our Puente Staff:

Jose Aparicio: jose.aparicio@bellevuecollege.edu      
Ana Bravo: ana.bravo@bellevuecollege.edu
Cesar Rangel: cesar.rangel@bellevuecollege.edu

Contact Multicultural Services:

Webpage: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/mcs/

Email: mcs@bellevuecollege.edu

Learn More About Puente National Program:


Jose Aparicio

Education: After years of restaurant work, he completed his B.A. and M.A. in English at Florida International University and a Ph.D. in literature at the University of South Florida.

Background: Jose, the son of Cuban exiles, was born in Redlands, CA. He moved to Miami in 1992. His research focuses on contemporary literature with a focus on Latinx literature and critical theory. In 2015, he taught at an Hispanic serving Institution in Baytown, TX where he was introduced to the Puente Program. In 2018, Jose accepted a tenure track job at Bellevue College in the English Department, and he knew, he wanted to bring the Puente program here. He is passionate about educational equity and helping students develop a love for reading and writing

Contact: jose.aparicio@bellevuecollege.edu

Mausumi Maulik

Title: Mathematics faculty

Education: Maulik holds MS in Mathematics.

Core Belief: Mausumi is warm and caring teacher who wants all students to be successful learners and works to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, and adaptive to the varied needs of students.

Background: Mausumi was born in Kolkata, India and came to USA about 24 years ago. She likes to travel around the world. She is teaching at Bellevue College since 2006.

Hobbies/Interest: Mausumi enjoys cooking, reading books (in Bengali language), and watching movies.

Contact: mmaulik@bellevuecollege.edu

Cesar Rangel

Education: Associate of Arts from Bellevue College; Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences from the University of Washington; Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Washington.

Background: I serve as the University Transfer Center Specialist and advise for the Social & Behavioral Sciences and Humanities & Communication Pathways, which include university transfer options.

Hobbies/interest: In my free time I enjoy reading and spending time with my son Pedro.

Favorite Quote: “The pages that follow are dedicated to the children who once upon a time, years ago, crossed my path on the Calella de la Costa. They had been playing soccer and were singing: We lost, we won, either way we had fun.”  – Eduardo Galeano, author of Soccer in Sun and Shadow.

Contact: cesar.rangel@bellevuecollege.edu

Ana Bravo (Counselor)

Education: Ana grew up in Veracruz, Mexico, and earned a B.A. from Universidad de las Américas-Puebla.  She received her M.A. in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA.

Background: Ana Bravo (She/Her) is an adjunct Faculty Counselor at Bellevue College, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Throughout her diverse experience in the helping field, she has remained committed to continuous learning and providing culturally appropriate services to a diverse client population, with a special focus on Spanish-speaking clients. During her time at Bellevue College, Ana has strived to build relationships and collaborations among departments in support of projects that serve its diverse student population. Ana identifies as Mexicana and American.

Contact: ana.bravo@bellevuecollege.edu

Sofia Foronda

Title: Student Puente Scholars Program Coordinator/Peer Educator

Education: Sofia graduated from Kentwood high school in 2019 with a seal of biliteracy and is currently working on an associate transfer degree with a track in sciences.

Background: Sofia was born in Guatemala in 2001 and moved to the United States in 2004. She is a first-generation college student who aims to help her community in having an easier transition into higher education.

Favorite quote: “Face challenges, fear, and frustration by seeking out knowledge and opportunities for growth” – Fanny Mairena

Contact: sofia.foronda@bellevuecollege.edu 

Last Updated October 20, 2021