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Puente Summer Book Challenge 2019

Join us for a Summer Book Challenge to win prizes, get a free gift, increase your vocabulary, improve your writing and reading. Tag us on Instagram @MC_Puente and use the hashtag #PuenteSummerBookChallenge to show us what you are reading!

Access the Reading Log here and keep track of your reads. Complete your log and turn it in at our Puente Bienvenida on Thursday, Aug. 22nd at 12 pm. We encourage you to use your local library to check out books for free!

Check out Nohemy's recommended reads here and a list of books at the Mission College Library written by Latinx authors!



Health Career Connection Health Internship for Summer 2019

Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley's ELLA Program

The Engaged Latina Leadership Activist Program (ELLA) is a six-month leadership program for young Latinas ages 19-25.

SIREN Youth Leadership Group (YLG)

The SIREN YLG program is designed for immigrant youth ages 14-25 who are interested in gaining leadership through community organizing, policy skills and learning about issues that affect immigrant communities.

UC Davis School of Medicine- Prep Medico

This six week summer residential program is for freshman and sophomore college students interested in becoming physicians. Applications typically open in March every year and are due March 31st.

 Santa Clara County Fellowship Program

The County of Santa Clara is excited to announce its second year of the County’s Government Fellowship Program (formerly the Post-Secondary Educational Sponsorship Program – PSEP).

The Fellowship Program was developed to create an exciting partnership opportunity with a mutually beneficial and value-added experience for both your students and the County. The specific goal of this Program is to engage and motivate students so that some would seriously consider a career in County government.

The Program will match/place students according to their major/minor and areas of interest, as they relate to:

  1. County departments that are working on the development and/or implementation of a Board Priority, Initiative and/or Policy.
  1. County departments that typically have job classifications that are in high demand.

Applications will be accepted November- December.

For Questions or More Information – please email


After your bachelors' degree, you may want to consider attending graduate or professional school. The first thing to ask yourself is, "Do I need an advanced degree for the job/career that I want?"  If the answer is yes, then you will want to start planning and researching. For example, to be a counselor, you need a Masters degree in counseling or to be a Doctor, you will need a M.D. professional degree.

Step 1: Do your research

Talk to a mentor, find a mentor, or a person who has the job you want. What degree(s) are required to obtain that position? Do they recommend certain schools or programs? What is required to be eligible to apply for that program?

Step 2: Determine which programs you will apply for

Once you have decided which specific degree/program, you will want to decide which universities have it. Pay close attention to tuition, fees, and financial aid available. Be sure you evaluate cost. Then, find out when is the application cycle, what is required to apply (letters of recommendation, transcript, specific coursework, etc) and create a timeline.

Many programs require an exam such as the GRE, MCAT, LSAT, etc. If your program does, be sure you find appropriate study methods or prep courses before taking the exam. Also, pay close attention to deadlines.

Step 3: Apply

Apply for the programs. Keep in mind that for many programs, you must apply to BOTH the university and the department and each has a fee and requirements. Also, apply for financial aid. The FAFSA / CA Dream Act are always open Oct. 1st and close March 2nd for the upcoming academic year. When completing the financial aid application, it will no longer ask about parent income because as a graduate student, you are considered 'independent' for financial aid purposes.

Be sure to follow up with all of the moving pieces and your timeline. Many have multiple deadlines of when things are due such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, etc. Also, be sure to apply for scholarships because they can help reduce loans.

Step 4: Graduate School Success

Graduate school can be a stressful process. Most students are working, doing an internship or juggling multiple things while going to school. Be sure to find a support system at school and at home. Utilize your resources: faculty advisors, student tutoring/writing centers, on campus health center, etc.

If you haven't already, find a mentor and continue networking. Be strategic as to where you do your internship so that you are in a better position to find a career position afterwards.