MESA Community College Program
The MESA Community College Program provides academic and social support needed to succeed in science and math, and to transfer to four-year institutions as majors in those fields. A major MESA initiative is to develop a strong peer Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) network for its students. As most community college students are commuters (with many holding jobs while attending school and/or shouldering significant family responsibilities), they lack the benefit of the informal connections developed by full-time students residing on campus while attending four-year institutions. While important to all majors, these contacts play a particularly crucial role for students majoring in STEM fields. The development of an alternative network allows MESA students to obtain the needed support from fellow STEM majors who come from similar backgrounds and face equally demanding challenges. MCCP's peer networks disseminate information about the best ways to study, how to succeed in difficult classes and how to approach complicated coursework.
Latinos comprise over 40% of the students served by the MESA community college program. Most MESA students come from underperforming schools. Most Latino MESA students come from immigrant households and are the first in their families to attend college.
The MESA Community College Program helps educationally disadvantaged community college students succeed in STEM studies and transfer to four-year institutions as math-based majors.
In 2011-12 (the academic year with the latest compiled data), 97% of MESA community college students transferred to four-year institutions as majors in STEM fields. The top transfer majors of MESA students were, in order: engineering, life sciences, mathematics, biochemistry, and computer science.
Programs & Initiatives
- Ensuring America's Future (EAF)
- Examples of Excelencia
- Growing What Works Database
- Growing What Works
- ALASS: Accelerating Latino Student Success