The City College MESA Program, along with our partner MESA Programs at San Diego State University and Southwestern College, is a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) - STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Talent Expansion Program (STEP) award. The NSF-STEP supported project is titled the STEP Partnership of San Diego (SPSD).

The SPSD project is creating a regional partnership of educational institutions, industry, and government agencies that form a pipeline from community college to university to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industry. SPSD incorporates the successful MESA model at each partner campus and enhances essential services that help students excel academically, develop leadership skills, and gain exposure to industry. The target population is economically and/or educationally disadvantaged students in STEM fields.

SPSD has three primary goals:

  1. Increase the number of students who pursue STEM academic and career pathways,
  2. Increase retention in STEM disciplines,
  3. Promote opportunities in STEM post-graduate studies.

Team internships are being facilitated through the SPSD project to provide students with opportunities to increase their knowledge and to develop skills for academic and workplace success, and ultimately to become part of the economic development of the region.

A “Guide to an Effective STEP” is being developed to disseminate the outcomes and effectiveness of the SPSD program to contribute to the national effort to increase student participation in STEM fields.

For more information, visit the Alliance-SPSD website.