Learning Communities


The First Year Experience (FYE) Learning Community is a year-long program that helps incoming students be successful in college. The FYE program is geared toward full-time students who want support transitioning into college-level classes. Our students build community, take linked courses (multiple classes with the same group of students in them), learn about campus resources, and have fun! If you are an incoming student who placed in English 92 or 98, you are eligible to join!

For more information, contact FYE Counselors:

Caitlin Escobar (for students in English 92), (415) 485-9309

Rachel Klein (for students in English 98), (415) 485-9419


Puente student


The Puente Project, a national award-winning program, for 30 years has improved the college-going rate of tens of thousands of California's students. Its mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations. The English course will provide reading and writing assignments related to Latino issues and authors. The Counseling course and counselor will help prepare you for transfer. Also, you will be assigned a mentor for additional support and as a great resource for educational success.

For more information, contact:

Puente Counselor: Luz Briceño-Moreno, (415) 485-9666

Puente English Instructor: Cara Kreit, (415) 485-9736

Visit Puente Project web site


Umoja, (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. We believe that when the voices and histories of students are deliberately and intentionally recognized, the opportunity for self-efficacy emerges and a foundation is formed for academic success.

Umoja is a community of educators and learners committed to the academic success, personal growth, and self-actualization of African American and other students. The Umoja Community seeks to educate the whole student body, mind and spirit. Informed by an ethic of love and its vital power, the Umoja Community will deliberately engage students as full participants in the construction of knowledge and critical thought.

For more information, email us at umojaprogram@marin.edu 
or stop by the COM Counseling Department or the EOPS office
Learning Resources Center, LC 160, Kentfield Campus

Visit COM UMOJA web site