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.


What’s New?

Resources: Race, equity, action

In light of recent national and international events surrounding racial injustice, we’ve updated our resources document

MESA was born out of the concern for the lack of opportunity for African American students. It was a grassroots movement that started on the heels of the Civil Rights Movement.

Now more than ever it is important we offer the voice, resources, space and opportunity for our students to express themselves, promote dialogue and push for equality.

Please continue to visit our list as we will be updating frequently. It still includes various resources for dealing with the COVID-19 school closures.

Browse the document in outline view to easily jump from categories. If you want to suggest a resource that is not on this list, email Danielle McNamara at  

About Us

Who are We?


MESA serves students across the educational pathway through three complementary segments. 

College Prep

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.

Community College

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 providing 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

Mechanical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

Computer Engineering



About Us

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.

Jason Ibarra

Director, Digitization Services, Google

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.

Katya Echazarreta

Engineering Assistant, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

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.

Jennifer Scroggins

Senior Engineer, PG&E

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!

Daisy Manivong

Project Engineer, Kiewit

 Industry Relationships

Our Partners

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 

Call Us

(510) 987-9337