Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) offers academic and professional support services to qualifying students who intend to transfer to four-year universities in pursuit of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors.
MESA aims to diversify the STEM workforce and prepare a new generation of STEM leaders by addressing the challenges historically underrepresented students face in their educational and career development.
MESA ensures educational excellence and equity through a partnership of higher education, school districts, industry and business, government, community organizations, families and alumni.
MESA Resources & Benefits
MESA offers a friendly and comfortable space where students gather to study and engage in STEM. Members of MESA receive a unique combination of enrichment activities, academic support, industry involvement and an encouraging community environment.
MESA students have access to a dedicated student center (located in Eller-Fox 3016), available Monday-Friday, where they can gather to study, meet with tutors, make new friends and engage in science. At the MESA center, students have access to computers, whiteboards, a refrigerator and microwave, and copies of the latest STEM textbooks. MESA students will also find noteworthy science news and internship opportunities posted at the center.
MESA provides college application workshops, visits to four-year institutions, and development and review of your personal statement to ensure successful transfer to universities. Quarterly visits with the MESA director will help to keep students on track to save them time and money.
Students work closely with the MESA director to create an educational plan that breaks down the necessary courses needed each quarter to meet pre-requirements for their intended major.
Students learn how to become professionals in their field through workshops, networking events and conference attendance. MESA offers a series of confidence and skill building workshops along with opportunities to gain leadership and community service experience directly with MESA. Students will connect with professional organizations where they can get involved in their desired field before graduation through local opportunities.
Students have access to scholarships that are exclusively offered to MESA members. In addition to the dedicated MESA scholarships, MESA students receive assistance identifying and applying for other STEM-based scholarships and internships. MESA students have access to a complete database of available scholarships.
- Review eligibility criteria for membership in MESA.
- If you are pursuing a math–based STEM degree and are a historically underrepresented student (African American, Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, Pacific Islander, and/or female) consider joining the MESA program!
- You should be a first-generation college student and/or at an economic disadvantage
- You should be enrolled in or have previously completed MATH 98 (Elementary Algebra).
- You should not have a previous bachelor’s degree.
- You can apply if you are a US citizen, a permanent resident, DACA student, or a DREAMer.
- Running Start and high school completion students are welcome to apply.
- Review the student contract to ensure you can commit the necessary time and effort needed to be successful in MESA.
- Download the MESA Community College Program (MCCP) Application and fill in all required information electronically. Submit the application via email to MESA@wvc.edu. Note: handwritten applications will not be accepted. If you have any questions about how to fill out the application don't hesitate to contact us.
4. Once the application is emailed you will receive a message from the MESA Program Director or Retention Coordinator within two weeks to schedule an appointment for an intake interview.
Please contact Program Director Dr. Karina R. Vega-Villa, or Retention Coordinator Dr. Bobbi Johnson with any questions or to obtain more information at MESA@wvc.edu.
Karina R. Vega-Villa, PhD
MESA Program Director
Wenatchi Hall 2333
Bobbi Johnson, PhD
MESA Retention Coordinator
Eller Fox Hall 3016