Welcome to the MESA Program and Services!
The MCCP provides science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) academic development to educationally disadvantaged community college students so they will excel academically and transfer to four-year institutions in calculus-based majors. This support is especially crucial to students who come from low-performing high schools. The program serves to enrich the experience of students by providing a variety of services to equip MESA students with the skills and attitudes necessary for their successful transfer to a university.
MESA works closely with industry partners and the University of California, California State University, the California Community Colleges, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the State Department of Education. MESA is nationally recognized for its innovative academic development program.
The main components of the MCCP include:
- Academic Excellence Workshops (AEWs). Students are scheduled in the same core math and science classes and taught how to successfully master complex technical ideas and principles through a collaborative approach.
- Academic advising/counseling. Students receive individualized academic guidance and develop multi-year plans so they can take courses in the most effective sequence and transfer in a timely manner.
- Student study center. This dedicated multipurpose space is the hub for study, workshops, special activities, and information sharing. It is a key element in building a close learning community.
- Connect Students to our Transfer Office: MESA collaborates with Transfer counselors through workshops, and visits to four-year universities.
- Career advising Students are exposed to various math, engineering, and science career options through industry mentors, field trips, job shadowing, career fairs, and internship opportunities.
- Links with student and professional organizations These resources provide mentors, guest speakers, and tours of companies.
- Professional Development. Through workshops and mock job fairs, students learn about corporate culture, improve their resume writing and interviewing skills, and are offered opportunities for part-time, full-time, and summer employment related to their majors.
- Industry Advisory Board. Corporate representatives, including MESA alumni, participate on advisory boards at centers to provide strategic planning assistance, scholarships, summer internships, field trips, and other resources. The board is a valuable connection between the students and companies that recognize MESA's success in helping to develop the technical professionals they need.