Delivering California's Future STEM Workforce
MESA is a college and career prep engine that propels student diversity and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math.
Student Leadership Conference
Igniting (Y)our Future
The MESA Student Leadership Conference (SLC) bridges students from college to career, empowering them with soft skills they need to succeed in their future careers. It is an annual convening of like-minded students with leadership potential. More than 200 selected students from 30 plus campuses attend this signature event, which corporate partners and volunteers support. Interaction with industry representatives inspire these students to lead effectively, within their schools, communities and professional lives. The SLC highlights the future diversity in the STEM workforce.
Who are We?
MESA serves students across the educational pathway through three complementary segments.
MESA’s college prep program sparks early interest in STEM by bridging classroom concepts to real-world practice, and inspires youth on their STEM journey to higher education and their future success.
MESA’s community college level program produces a diverse population of transfer-ready students to advance their STEM educational journeys in 4-year university programs.
MESA’s university-level program produces career-ready, diverse candidates for corporate industry employment by receiving the tools, resources and support they need to successfully earn STEM degrees.
MESA by the Numbers
Number of overall MESA students in California
MESA serves over 350 middle and high schools, 40 community colleges and 13 universities in California.
of MESA's student population is from historically under represented ethnic groups
Female students in college prep segment
Underrepresented students in community college segment
Underrepresented students in university segment
MESA Students are more likely to be admitted to a UC (80% vs 67% for California students overall).
- 80% 80%
- 67% 67%
Top 5 Degrees of MESA undergrad Students
A grassroots effort that began with 25 students at Oakland Technical High School in 1970 has flourished into an award-winning program that serves almost 25,000 middle school, high school, community college and university level students throughout California each year. MESA’s long history with industry and its vast network of alumni are key components to success.
What People Are Saying
At that early stage, MESA helped solidify my interest in pursuing an engineering degree.
The program changed the way I studied, learned, and supported those around me. I never imagined I could ever reach as high as I have.
I learned a love for hands on math and science from MESA. I saw a diverse group that made me feel included and I had fun! I credit it as one of the main things that helped steer me towards a STEM degree and career.
MESA has truly supported me in many ways and is a program that goes above and beyond in helping me to succeed. Thank you MESA!
Industry leaders partner with us to strengthen their workforce pipeline with diverse, top-notch talent.
Each partnership is tailored to benefit individual companies.
We're Here To Help!
MESA Statewide Office
300 Lakeside Drive, 7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612-3550