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Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement
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Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) helps thousands of educationally disadvantaged students to become engineers, scientists and other math-based professionals urgently needed by industry.

MESA provides a unique combination of enrichment activities, hands-on competitions, academic support, industry involvement and a supportive community environment. MESA is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective academic development program for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

MESA serves middle school, high school, community college and university level students through local centers throughout California. Since its inception in 1970, MESA has had a strong partnership with industry. MESA also partners with all segments of California higher education as well as K-12 institutions. California MESA’s model has been replicated in 12 other states, and is the basis for many other programs. 

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MESA Schools Program offers:
  • Individual Academic Plans. The plans help monitor individual student progress toward college.
  • Study skills training. Students learn the most effective study techniques for academic achievement.
  • MESA Day Academies. Hands-on, common-core aligned math and science competitions give students a chance to meet like-minded students and vie for awards. Students follow MESA-developed curriculum that reinforce California state math and science content standards. Top winners of local competitions advance to regional and, in some instances, national contests.
  • Career and college exploration. Industry guest speakers and field trips to companies and college  campuses present various college and career options.
  • Incentive awards. Outstanding student achievement and leadership is recognized.
  • MESA periods. These classes, held during regular hours in some schools, allow MESA teachers to work with students on academics and MESA activities. Some schools offer MESA periods while others schedule MESA sessions before or after school, or at lunch.