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What does MESA do for students?The MESA model for success includes a variety of services that results in a high rate of academic achievement. Elements of the MESA model include:
- Individual Academic Plans
- Academic Excellence Workshops
- Academic and career counseling
- Collaborative learning techniques and study skills
- Clustering of students in classes to enhance collaborative study
- Field trips to industry sites and university campuses
- Leadership development and conference
- Student Study Center
A dedicated multipurpose space for quiet study, workshops, and information sharing.
- Academic Excellence Workshops
Where students are scheduled in math and science core classes and taught how to maintain high academic outcomes through facilitated group study
- Orientation courses
That teach college survival skills to incoming students majoring in math, engineering and science.
- Assistance in the transfer process
Including field trips to universities, workshops on applications and counseling
- Career advising
To introduce work options to students
Field trips, job fair information, job shadowing exercises and industry mentors are available to students.
OpportunitiesProfessional Development and Career Awareness
MESA sponsors tours to many four-year universities and their Math, Engineering and Science departments such as UC Davis, UCOP, UCSC, UCSF, schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, etc. Students can visit industry facilities such as Genentech, Lawrence Livermore Labs, Hewlett Packard, etc. MESA also provides resume/interviewing, finance, stress, time management, and math anxiety workshops.
Qualified MESA Students participate in summer research, fellowships, and internships with the many sister organizations such as MORE, MURPS, CAMP and many other programs offered at UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz and universities nationwide. Many of the opportunities are available to MESA Students only. Companies such as Hewlett Packard, Genentech and CalTrans also provide internships for MESA students.
MESA fully sponsors national and regional mathematical, science and engineering conferences. Students can interact and network with employers, university representatives and other students in the similar academic fields.
A current listing of scholarships is posted on the MESA Study Center Bulletin Board or available through the MESA Director. Scholarships are available for all Math, Engineering, and Science majors from national to regional sources. Deadlines vary.
FAQsDoes MESA only serve those students who already are on the college track?
MESA students who are interested in math, engineering, and science based majors and are willing to work hard to improve their overall grade point average can take advantage of the program. Students must meet the economic and educational criteria and must be transferring to a four-year university with intentions of earning a Bachelor’s degree.
What must students do to stay in MESA?
Students must participate in MESA activities; including enrolling in college prerequisite classes, making significant progress towards transferring in their major, etc. Please see the MESA contract for more detailed information on activeness. A copy of the contract can be obtained from the MESA Administrative Assistant.
Who are some of the companies involved with MESA?
Over 200 companies are partners with MESA Statewide throughout the state, including Pacific Bell, Lucent Technologies, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Chevron, Pacific Bell, Google, and Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
Locally, MESA has partnered up with the Napa Valley MESA Industry Council to better serve a larger population of MESA Students.