Welcome Back MESA Students ~ FALL 2016!

We hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready for another exciting and productive term in the MESA Program and in your courses. We wanted to notify you of a few important items of business as you begin your fall 2016 term.

The MESA Center will be open throughout the term Monday through Wednesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday 9a.m. to 2 p.m. 

We have redesigned our supplemental instruction workshops for your academic success. This term we are offering weekly review sessions and organized study groups for Computer Science 112, Computer Science 161, Physics 161, Physics 141, Chemistry 180, Biology 150, Biology 155, Biology 128, Engineering 161, and Engineering 152. You may review the schedule of session offerings as well as our tutor availability at

If you haven’t met with Angelica Enriquez, MESA/STEM Counselor recently, please make an appointment to do so. It is important that every MESA student meet with her sometime between August and December to verify you are on track academically. Please work with Dorine to schedule an appointment after the first two weeks of classes. 

If you have not had a chance to utilize the MESA website regularly, please get in the habit of checking it at least every two weeks for news and important information. All MESA/STEM events, activities, field trips, and workshops are posted on the website, as well as the Review Sessions/Organized Study Groups and tutoring schedules. You can access the website by visiting the main Hancock site and selecting MESA from the quick links. Here is also a link: 

 The STEM/MESA Activities and Workshop schedule for the term is completed and posted to the MESA website. It is required that all MESA students attend at least 3 activities/workshops within the term. If you are experiences difficulties attending, you must notify Dorine and explain your circumstances. We will be taking attendance and electronically keeping records of your MESA involvement. I think you will find the workshops valuable and a good use of your time. Please visit: 

If you are planning to transfer to university fall 2017, please check your email regularly for updates and deadline notifications from the universities. Make sure to stay connected to the MESA program as you prepare to transition to the next level (exciting!). We will be holding “TAG You’re In” workshops in September and “UC and CSU Application” workshops throughout October and November. 

We look forward to seeing all you wonderful people in the MESA Center soon. If there is anything we can do to help you get off to a great start this term, please feel free to let us know.

Take Care and Happy Fall 2016!

Angelica and Dorine


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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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