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'Puente Project' at Shasta College aims to help disadvantaged students

By Stephanie Montano, smontano@krcrtv.com
Published On: Sep 17 2013 08:16:23 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 18 2013 12:18:53 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

A program at Shasta College is aiming to make a difference for educationally disadvantaged students.

It’s called the Puente Project and its goal is to prepare those students to transfer to four-year universities in higher numbers than ever before.

“A lot of people in my family don't know how to get there or haven't gone to college, "said Michelle Delgadillo, a student taking advantage of the program.

"Being one of the first ones is a really big deal for me,” said Delgadillo.
The Puente Project is trying to help students build that bridge to a higher education.

"The Puente Program serves in place of the privileged family who's had these experiences and who could give their students insight, how to manage a system -- that's nothing easy," said Brian Spillane, Counselor and Coordinator for the project.

Students also say that the Puente Project offers valuable one-on-one time with instructors.

Patrick O’Brian said he has enrolled in other community colleges before, but they have never been like this. He said Spillane has opened his eyes to a brighter future.

"He kinda looks for the potential rather then the downfall, what you don't have, how you dress or the color of your skin," said O'Brian.

"We are preparing for the future, our students' future, our communities' future and our state's future," said Spillane.

Students said they are happy to be on the right path.

"They provided me with an educational plan and if I ever need the extra help they were always guiding me,” said Delgadillo.