40 years of innovation and success in preparing tomorrow's mathematicians, engineers and scientists!

The City College MESA Program is part of the MESA statewide network of programs throughout California.  First founded in 1970 at Oakland Technical High School with 25 students, MESA serves thousands of California students through program centers in all segments of education, including:

Through its 40-year record of successfully assisting educationally disadvantaged students to excel and graduate in math, engineering and science majors, MESA has become a nationally recognized model for innovative and effective academic development. 

Based on the success of MESA in California, MESA USA was created to replicate the MESA model in other states.  MESA USA programs currently exist in eight states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington. In addition, funded by a Hewlett-Packard Diversity in Engineering grant (HP-MESA DivE), MESA community college programs were established in Florida,Georgia (Georgia Perimeter CollegeSouth Georgia College), Illinois, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico and Texas.

National awards and recognitions for California MESA have included:

Examples of Excelencia awards - semifinalist
Excelencia in Education recognized MESA as a national model in strengthening Latino community college student success.

The Innovators: Designing the Future
The half-hour national PBS documentary, on the current and future status of innovation in the United States, featured MESA as a solution to developing the next generation of innovative engineers and scientists.

Bayer Corporation - Exemplary Program
MESA was named as one of 21 exemplary programs from across the country that has been proven to help K-12 students, especially minorities and girls, participate and achieve in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
California Campaign for College Opportunity
MESA was selected by the  as one of 15 exemplary statewide programs that improve college access. The programs were selected for their quality, innovation, effective use of resources, and example of outstanding working solutions for policymakers and education leaders.

HP Diversity in Engineering (DiVE)
MESA was selected by Hewlett-Packard to serve as the model for its national project to establish community college programs in support of underrepresented minority students so they would excel in math and science, transfer to four-year institutions, and graduate with baccalaureate degrees in engineering and computer science. The HP DiVE grant established MESA community college programs in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey and New York. Since then, the program has expanded to New Mexico and Texas.

San Diego Architecture and Engineering Recruitment Consortium Day - April 26
Resolution of the City Council - City of San Diego supporting the efforts of the San Diego Architecture and Engineering Recruitment Consortium with the San Diego MESA Programs.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) Wireless Mobile Classroom
The San Diego City College MESA Program was one of 16 national recipients of an HP wireless mobile classroom award.  The award targeted community college programs that support African American, Latino and American Indian students to excel in engineering and computer science majors and successfully transfer to four-year universities.

Innovations In American Government Award
Recognized as one of the five most innovative public programs in the nation in 2001, MESA was selected for this award by Innovations in American Government, a project of the Ford Foundation, the JFK School of Government at Harvard University, and the Council for Excellence in Government.  The award program highlights exemplary models of government innovation and advances efforts to address the nation's most pressing public concerns. The five winners were selected from over 1,200 programs that had been nominated across the country. MESA was the only California winner for 2001.

National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators (NAMEPA)
MESA received a national award for outstanding pre-college program.

Quality Education for Minorities (QEM)
MESA received a national award for outstanding partnership to build minority student success in mathematics, science and engineering.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, awarded each year to individuals or organizations, recognizes the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science or engineering and who belong to minorities that are underrepresented in those fields. By offering their time, encouragement and expertise to these students, mentors help ensure that the next generation of scientists and engineers will better reflect the diversity of the United States.

Other Commendations

  • 2001 - California Assembly Representative Sally Havice
  • 1996 - California State Senator Hilda Solís
  • 1996 - California Assembly Representative Robert Campbell
  • 1990 - California Assembly Representative Teresa Hughes
  • 1990 - California Lieutenant Governor Leo McCarthy