Funded by the State of California and donations from private industry, the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program serves low-income and educationally disadvantaged students at the pre-college and college levels.
The CSULB College of Engineering offers the MESA Schools Program (MSP), which partners with Los Angeles area middle and high schools to prepare students to attend college, and the MESA Engineering Program (MEP), which provides non-remedial academic support to matriculated college students. The MESA Engineering Advisory and Development Council (MEADC) includes a membership of industry representatives from local area businesses with an interest in promoting the educational experience of low- income and underrepresented students.
Students follow MESA-developed curriculum that reinforces California State Math and Science Standards to build hands-on projects. Students enter these projects in CSULB's Preliminary MESA Day competitions. Top winners advance to regional and, in some instances, national contests. The Academy projects are highly effective demonstrations of the theory and practice of Math and Science.
Teachers serving as MESA Advisors establish a designated time during the school day to concentrate on the program. At most school sites, CSULB students act as tutors to assist the students with MESA projects and activities.
Guest speakers and field trips show students a wide variety of college and career opportunities.
At the end of the academic year, parents, 8th Grade students, and graduating high school seniors come to CSULB for an awards banquet honoring outstanding student achievement, participation, and leadership.
Parents are empowered to become effective advocates for their students through parent seminars and informative meetings.
MESA advisors receive help from CSULB tutors and a curriculum workbook to expand and improve Math and Science curriculum.
The College of Engineering MESA Schools Program (MSP) serves more than 1,000 students per year with innovative academic, college and career counseling, and hands- on science programs, which are great opportunities to compete, show off, and meet new friends. The program is funded by the State of California, school districts and donations from private industry.
The current service area includes the following five school districts and schools: ABC Unified School Districts (ABCUSD) Artesia H.S. Bellflower Unified School District (BUSD) Bellflower M.S Bellflower H.S. Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) California Academy of Math and Science (CAMS) Hamilton M.S. Hill M.S. Hoover M.S. Hudson M.S. Robinson (Jackie) Academy Jordan H.S. (Main Campus) Lakewood H.S. Lindbergh M.S. Lindsey Academy (6-8) Marshall M.S. Polytechnic H.S. Powell M.S. Stephens M.S. Washington M.S. Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Banning H.S Carnegie M.S. Dodson M.S. Wilmington M.S. Paramount Unified School District (PUSD) Alondra M.S. Hollydale M.S. Jackson M.S. Paramount High (West Campus) Paramount High Paramount Park M.S. Zamboni M.S.