What Is MESA?

MESA - Mathmatics Engineering Science Achievement

The Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program supports students pursuing science, engineering, and mathematics degrees. It is a rigorous academic program that builds an academic peer community to increase student support and motivation. California MESA is a college and career prep engine that propels student diversity and achievement in science, engineering and math. MESA's community college level program produces a diverse population of transfer-ready students who will continue their educational journeys in four-year institutions and successfully attain math, engineering, and science degrees. 

Most MESA events are open to SBVC students, faculty, and staff. Students meeting the eligibility requirements listed below are encouraged to apply to become MESA members. 

What are the MESA eligibility requirements?

  • Enrollment in at least intermediate algebra
  • Declare a transfer major in a math, engineering, or science-based field - some majors that are considered "STEM majors" are mathematics, engineering, computer science, computer engineering, physics, astrophysics, pre-medical, botany, biology, zoology, earth sciences, geology, environmental science, and chemistry
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Proof of financial need
  • Educationally under-served

What are the benefits of MESA?

  • Academic and career counseling throughout the year
  • Education planning for transfer to a four-year institution
  • Development of fundamental skills in core science, engineering, and math courses
  • Academic Excellence Workshops (AEWs)
  • Individual and group mentoring
  • Access to workshops, guest speakers, study sessions, and field trips designed to prepare students for careers in science, engineering, and mathematics
  • Receive transfer preparation and scholarship application support
  • Develop professional relationships with professors and peers
  • Learn how to find and apply to summer research and internship opportunities

Want more information? Let’s talk, please contact:

Jennifer Bjerke

Jennifer Bjerke   

Director & Instructor of Geography                    
(909) 907 - 9229
jbjerke@sbccd.cc.ca.us  
Physical Science 116

 

Jesse Chou

Jesse Chou

Faculty Sponsor & Professor of Computer Science
(909) 384 - 8910
jchou@valleycollege.edu     
Business 206       

 

Armone Lochard

Armone Lochard

MESA Counselor                                       
(909) 384 - 4400 Ext. 8787                              alochard@sbccd.cc.ca.us 
Physical Science 127

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Faye Epps

Faye Epps

Clerical Assistant                                               
(909) 215 - 4600
eepps@sbccd.cc.ca.us
Physical Science 111