Group picture of Discover Puente Day participantsIn collaboration with the Puente Learning Community, the Skyline College Outreach Office hosted 50 students from the Westmoor High School Hermanos/Hermanas program on Discover PUENTE Day, October 26, 2016.  During the event, high school students met current Puente students, attended two PUENTE classes, and toured the Skyline College campus.

Students were welcomed with a hot breakfast and inspirational words from Hermano and Puente alumni Jorge Murillo, Skyline College EOPS CARE/CalWORKS Coordinator. At the Puente English Classes taught by Lucia Lachmyer and Paula Silva, students learned about collegiate level composition and literature.  This was followed by a campus-wide scavenger hunt in which current Puente students set up stations near campus resource offices to provide Hermanos & Hermanas students with valuable information as part of the interactive Counseling 100 class facilitated by Alberto Santellan and Melanie Espinueva-Aure.   Thereafter, each group was given a puzzle piece that represented their Hermanos & Hermanas program and the PUENTE familia at Skyline College. The completion of the puzzle revealed artwork representing the transition from high school to college.  Blank puzzle pieces were then decorated to frame the artwork that now rests in the Multicultural Center in Building 4.

Thank you to the entire Skyline College community, especially Jorge Murillo, Lucia Lachmayr, Paula Silva, Melanie Espenueva-Aure, Alberto Santellan, Lili Rivera, and the Outreach Ambassadors who contributed to the success of the day.

Article and Photo by Lauren Ford