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MESA Statewide:  MESA CCP (Math Engineering Science Achievement Community College Program), part of the MESA Undergraduate Program, provides support to community college students who are majoring in math, engineering and science so they excel academically and transfer to four-year institutions. MESA CCP is a partnership with the California Community College Chancellor's Office.

The Mission College MESA Program started in 2000. We are proud to be the only MESA community college program in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Eligibility Criteria

  • ENROLLMENT:  You are enrolled in 6.0 units or more at Mission College.
  • MAJOR: You have chosen a major in a Math, Engineering or Science related field. Typical majors include: Math, Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, PreMed, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Pharmacy and Physics.
  • TRANSFER: You plan to transfer to a four-year university to earn a bachelor's degree.
  • REQUIRED CLASSES: In order to transfer you plan to complete at least Math 1 (Pre-calculus) or higher AND any 2 courses from the following list: Math 2, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 4C, 19; Physics 4A, 4B, 4C; Biology 1A, 1B, 4, 41, 42, 43, 47, 48; Chemistry 1A, 1B, 12A, 12B.
  • STATUS: You are a US citizen, permanent resident, or in the process of obtaining a green card.
  • FIRST IN FAMILY: Neither you, or your parents, have a BS/BA.
    • FINANCIAL HARDSHIP (SELECT ONE): You are eligible for financial aid (or the BOGW or Pell Grants) OR
    • You are eligible for EOP&S, ACCESS or CalWORKs, OR
    • You are not yet 25, but you live on your own.


Student Learning Outcomes

By participating in MESA, students will:

  1. Demonstrate a command of skills in the chosen field of study and exhibit the appropriate study skills to master the material.
  2. Identify a long-term support system including faculty, fellow students, campus and off-campus resources, organizations, and potential employers.
  3. Obtain an educational plan that outlines the requirements needed for transfer to a four-year institution.
  4. Create an adequate resume in order to obtain internships to professionally develop themselves for tomorrow’s workforce.
  5. Develop the confidence required to successfully navigate the academic process at the accepted transfer institution.


MESA Student Support Services

Student Study Center: a dedicated multipurpose space for study, workshops and information sharing.

Academic Excellence Workshops: allow students to work in groups on common curriculum courses and develop group study techniques.

Tutoring Services: available in the following subjects: Intermediate Algebra, Calculus, Trigonometry, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, C Programming, and Computer Science.

Orientation courses: teach college survival skills to incoming students majoring in math, engineering and science.

Assistance in the transfer process: includes field trips to universities, workshops on applications & scholarships, and counseling.

Career advising: introduces work options to students. Field trips, job fair information, and job shadowing exercises are available to students interested in specific fields.

Links with student and professional organizations: provides mentors, guest speakers, and offers industry tours.

Professional development workshops: include workshops in resume preparation, interview skills, and how to find part-time/full-time and summer employment.

MESA Events

  • MESA events are posted here and on the MESA Portal page. Check them out!
  • ALL MESA members must participate in one event per semester.

  • Students participating in MESA events held off campus must submit a Voluntary Field Trip Form with MESA Event Agreement to the MESA office 2 weeks prior to the event. Field Trip Form & Agreement 

  • If you have questions about events please visit us in the MESA Study Center room C1-118, call (408) 855-5482 or email


STEM Learning Center

Be sure to check out our good friends in the STEM Learning Center for additional events and fantastic resources - ALL Mission students can join!


MESA Volunteer Work

MESA students are required to perform at least two hours of volunteer work relating to MESA and/or their major. Find volunteer leads on our Portal page!  MESA Volunteer Form


STEM Internships

Digital Literacy Internship: Resource and reporting documents for students participating in the Digital Literacy Internship sponsored by California Connects. Documents here

Intern at NASA!! Now accepting applications! To apply, go to: &

ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship (for Adults ages 16 – 24) – ESA LOFT needs innovators and gamers like yourself to send them your games and game ideas to change the world! Apply by mid-September to be eligible for their Fellowship. Winners will receive a $1,000 grant, a week-long trip to Washington DC to meet with public officials, technologists and non-profit leaders. To apply, go to:

LOFT Digital Marketing Internship – Not a programmer, no problem! Leaders On Fast Track(LOFT) seeks a group of digital-savvy, motivated interns who will serve as the research, outreach, and marketing team for the LOFT Innovation Track. Contact for more details.


Summer Research

Summer 2014 Dept. of Energy (DOE) Internship/Fellowship Opportunity. Deadline Jan 10th, 2014: The Community College Internship (CCI) program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE Labs.  Students work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities related to ongoing R&D programs. Paid internships, including a weekly stipend and support for travel and housing, are for 10 weeks during the Summer Term (May to August timeframe). More information about CCI and access to the online application can be found at

Research Opportunities at UC Berkeley!

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