MESA - Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement
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Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is developing a new generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) within the Bakersfield community. Our program fuels diversity by propelling historically underrepresented groups toward STEM degrees and professional careers.
MESA Students Statewide
A continually growing number of students served by MESA in the state of California.
Percentage of MESA community college transfer students who go into STEM majors.
Percentage of MESA high school graduates who go to college.
67 MESA Centers
Currently serving the state of California with a count of 67 local MESA centers.
About MESA Community College Program
The MESA Community College Program (MCCP) is one of the country's oldest programs providing academic support to educationally disadvantaged students so that they can excel in math and sciences and graduate with degrees in engineering, science and technology.
MCCP is a rigorous academic support program that strives to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged community college students who transfer to four-year institutions and earn a degree in math, science, engineering or computer science fields.
To provide educationally and financially disadvantaged students and their families with the essential skills and resources to achieve success in school career life and Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related disciplines while partnering with educational institutions and relevant professionals.
To become the leading program in Kern County for developing and preparing educationally and financially underserved students to transition to a four-year university as a STEM-related major and increase the number of students becoming quality technical professionals.
Apply for MESA
To apply for MESA, email MESA@bakersfieldcollege.edu, with the subject header "New MESA application".
Eligibility & Application
Pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field? Majors include:
- Computer Science
- Any other Calculus-based major
Receiving some sort of financial assistance: Any form of Financial Aid or support, Cal-Fresh, Medi-Cal etc.
Reaching to Transfer to a 4-year University
Intending to graduate and then transfer, or just gain enough credit to transfer out as a STEM-major.
Currently taking STEM-related coursework
Must be enrolled in 12 units per semester & one STEM-related course - must also have a Student Educational Plan (SEP).
Anyone in a STEM-related field can join MESA! Financially/Educationally underserved or not!
Join Achievement in Engineering, Science, and Mathematics (ASEM) Eligibility
- Apply for the MESA Program: email MESA@bakersfieldcollege.edu with the subject header "New MESA application".
- Interview with the MESA Director
- Student must be enrolled in at least *12 course units
- Student must be enrolled in at least one STEM course each semester
- Student must be at Pre-Calculus or above math level
- Student intends to transfer to a 4-year university
- Student agrees to abide to MESA Program Contract
- Student must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.0
- Become an Active MESA Student (under Overall Program Requirements), once you receive an official MESA confirmation that you are in the Program.
Requirements for All MESA Students
- Attend MESA Workshops (one MUST be faculty-related)
- Participate in Active Learning
- STEM Academic Excellence
- STEM Study Sessions
- Forming Study Groups
- Submit Progress Reports
- Submit Student Educational Plans
- Engaging in Experimental Learning
- Peer Mentoring Program
- MESA Mentoring Program
- MUST apply for at least three opportunities: Scholarships, Internships, or Fellowships.
- Complete Turning on the Lights (Learning Plan)
- STEM Transfer-Ready Counseling
- STEM-specific counselors are ready for MESA students!
- STEM Professional & Peer Mentoring
- STEM Student Development Advising
- STEM Textbook & Resource Lending Program
- Facilitate a STEM Culture
- Academic Excellence Workshops
- STEM-Guided Study Sessions
- MESA “Guest Speaker” Workshops
- Campus University Field Trips & Conference Sponsorships
- Student Locker Lending Program
- STEM Extracurricular & Volunteering Opportunities
- Research Opportunities
- MESA Center Study Space