By Iomara Guzman
The Math Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program offers students an opportunity to extend their knowledge and skills through the assistance of peers and staff.
MESA is an enrichment program that supports student academically with resources. They help student achieve a four year degree in the subject of math, science, technology and engineering.
Since 1970, MESA has provided support to all those students who show effort and dedication to their school’s commitment.
“MESA helped [her] grow academically and as a person. MESA was not only a program that helped [her] in pursuing a higher education but it also helped in many other ways.
All the seminars and school field trips, and activities helped [her] meet a lot of amazing people and be part of a great project,” Carmen Buenrostro, an ELAC alumna and graduate student at California State University, Los Angeles, said.
MESA has helped a lot of students reach their goals, including Luis Rodriguez, who is yet to receive his PhD at Yale University. Rodriguez graduated from ELAC in 2013.
He then went on and transferred into UCLA from ELAC and majored in Biochemistry.
Later, obtaining his bachelor’s degree from University of California Los Angeles he then left Los Angeles to New York City, where he was accepted to a post-baccalaureate Research Education Program at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine.
The story impacted Dr. Armando Rivera, dean of ELAC’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program. Rivera has taken pride of Rodriguez’s academic success. Rodriguez has served as an ambassador for ELAC.
These student accomplishments help the college reputation rise and create opportunity for future students.
The MESA program helps students gain exposure to academic excellence via workshops, facilitation of research opportunities and by having advising staff at the center.
In addition to these resources, MESA offers a loan program which allows students to borrow books, calculators and laptops to students who need financial help.
MESA also provides personal statement and resume assistance to prepare students in developing skills for job fairs.
The center is set up with computers and sofas as well. The MESA study center provides a group and individual study area.
Tutors are available on site to help students with questions they might have.
The advantage of this program is the access in working closely with students-run organizations such as: Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers , Priory of Biology of Chemistry , Physics Club, Math Club and Chicano(as) for Creative Medicine .
The affiliations with these organizations come through field trips, outreach activities and speaker presentations and national conferences meetings.
To be eligible for MESA, students must need financial assistance, be a U.S. citizen or resident, and obtain a 2.8 GPA. They must intend to transfer to a four-year university as a STEM major, and either have completed or enrolled in Math 260 without already holding a bachelor’s degree.
The MESA office is located in the E7 building room- 210 B.