MESA

The Mathematics, Engineering, Science
Achievement Program

MESA is an academic program that provides a wide range of support services and activities aimed at fostering student achievement and increasing the success and participation they experience while pursuing a degree in mathematics, engineering, computer science, biology, architecture, kinesiology, or other science based programs. MESA enables students to prepare for and graduate from a four-year university with a math-based degree. It also seeks to increase the diverse pool of transfer-ready community college students who are prepared to excel as math, engineering and science majors. Through the program, students develop academic and leadership skills, increase educational performance, and gain confidence in their abilities to compete academically and professionally.

"MESA sets high standards while providing the academic tools needed for helping students to succeed. This deceptively simple approach is effective and has produced remarkable results."  
Henry T. Yang
Chancellor, UC Santa Barbara

Benefits of MESA

  • Enhance your educational experience while completing the first two years of a bachelor’s degree
  • Gain industry knowledge
  • Make friends who have similar academic and career interests
  • Develop a close relationship with faculty members
  • Develop and improve your academic leadership skills
  • Raise your educational expectations
  • Link with student and professional organizations to enhance your personal and professional development
  • Access state-of-the-art computer equipment and the Internet

Services Offered 

  • Orientation courses that transfer to CSU/UC 
  • Review Sessions, Organized Study Groups, & Tutoring
  • Dedicated MESA student study center
  • Scholarship and internship opportunities 
  • Career and leadership development activities
  • Book loans (as available) 
  • Specialized student success seminars
  • MESA Club participation
  • Student Education Plans (SEP) and academic counseling
  • University transfer recognition and support

Location

Santa Maria Campus Room W-21
805-922-6966 ext. 3446

Hours

Fall/Spring:
Monday -Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Summer:  
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in June & August.
The MESA Center is closed the month of July  

Staff

Christine Reed
Coordinator/Counselor
creed@hancockcollege.edu 

Dorine Mathieu
Technician
dmathieu@hancockcollege.edu 

 

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SPOTLIGHT

Ivan Lucatero

Ivan Lucatero
Cal Poly SLO, Aerospace Engineering

I excelled in math and science in school, so engineering was the right fit and I just had to figure out how to get it done. Throughout high school, I took courses at Allan Hancock College (AHC), and graduated as my high school valedictorian. I then attended AHC in search of a smooth transition to a university. I was able to take my lower division engineering courses and form a great relationship with my professors. While at AHC, I received multiple scholarships form the Allan Hancock Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, and MESA-NSF Scholarship. I then attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, to pursue an aerospace engineering degree. After just one year at Cal Poly, I was accepted into one of the most prestigious internship programs that NASA offers, the Aeronautics Academy.
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Last Modified Nov 21, 2014