The MESA Program @ The STEM Center
Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) helps thousands of educationally disadvantaged students to become engineers, scientists and other math-based professionals urgently needed by industry.
MESA provides a unique combination of enrichment activities, hands-on competitions, academic support, industry involvement and a supportive community environment. MESA is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective academic development program for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
MESA serves middle school, high school, community college and university level students through local centers throughout California. Since its inception in 1970, MESA has had a strong partnership with industry. MESA also partners with all segments of California higher education as well as K-12 institutions. California MESA's model has been replicated in 12 other states, and is the basis for many other programs.
Who MESA Serves
Most MESA students are the first in their families to attend college. Most are low-income and attend (or have attended) low-performing school with few resources. MESA serves students in pre-college through the MESA Schools Program (MSP), community college students through the MESA Community College Program (MCCP), and four-year college level students in the MESA Engineering Program (MEP).
For more information on the statewide efforts of the MESA Program: http://mesa.ucop.edu/
Joining MESA @ American River College
By completing the application process to join the STEM Center and meeting with a Center Coordinator, we can identify if you are a MESA Eligible student.
- If you are a first generation, financial aid eligible student majoring in a calculus based STEM field, then you will likely qualify as a MESA Member.
- If you are not financial aid eligible or first generation but are majoring in a STEM field, you will likely still qualify as a MESA Associate Member.
- If you are not majoring in a calculus based STEM field, you will likely not qualify for MESA, but are still welcome to use the resources of the STEM Center provided you enroll in our services each semester.
As a MESA Member or Associate, you will qualify for special programs, events, and scholarships throughout the state, so make sure to regularly check your e-mail for more information.
Pictured Below: MESA students getting a last minute picture together at the annual Happy Valley Leadership Retreat in Santa Cruz.