Corona Norco Unified Puente Program

Selected by White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics


Courtesy City of Eastvale

Norco – The White House on Educational Excellence for Hispanics has identified CNUSD’s Puente Program as a model program to be featured in their national online catalog. The national online catalog includes over 230 programs that invest in key education priorities for Hispanics.

The announcement was made by Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the Initiative on Sept. 15, at the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month and in honor of the Initiative’s 25th anniversary in Washington, D.C.

“There has been notable progress in Hispanic educational achievement, and it is due to the efforts of these Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, programs and organizations working throughout the country to help Hispanic students reach their full potential,” said Ceja.

Puente targets high school students earning Ds and Fs, and helps to turn their academic careers and futures around with mentoring, college partnerships, counselor interventions, parent participation and more. Existing at the three high schools with the largest Hispanic populations, the CNUSD Puente Program has helped to change the lives of more than 4,000 Hispanic students in its seven years of existence.

The Initiative seeks to leverage these Bright Spots to encourage collaboration between stakeholders focused on similar issues in sharing data-driven approaches, promising practices, peer advice, and effective partnerships, ultimately resulting in increased support for the educational attainment of the Hispanic community, from cradle-to-career. The Initiative was established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community.

“We are honored to have the Puente Program selected by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Lin. “CNUSD’s Puente Program was brought to the District under the leadership of Dr. Samuel Buenrostro, current Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources during his principalship at Centennial High School. We thank Dr. Buenrostro for bringing this exceptional program to CNUSD and congratulate him and the Puente Program for this recognition.”

To learn more about the Initiative and to view the Bright Spots in Hispanic Education national online catalog, visit