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

Janel Case

Janel Case
Biomedical Engineering

Graduating high school with honors and realizing I did not have the monetary means to go off to a university like I had always dreamed about felt like a setback. Being at a community college, for my first semester, felt like a detriment to my education. Despite this I began to reach out to other students and was referred by a student to a program called MESA. MESA has shaped my educational career. MESA has provided me with opportunities I would have otherwise missed on my own, an opportunity to work with other like-minded majors who have since become like family. With this kind of strong foundation I have been able to excel in my science, mathematics, and engineering courses.
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Last Modified Jul 22, 2014