April 3, 2014
Danielle McNamara
 (510) 987-0230

Press Release


Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) community college students from throughout California will explore where leadership meets science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) during a three-day conference.


More than 150 MESA students will meet in the Santa Cruz area for the MESA Student Leadership Retreat April 11-13. Held at the Happy Valley Conference Center, the retreat is a chance for community college students to interact, network and build leadership skills. Students were chosen based on their leadership potential.


This leadership- and skill-building conference will feature hands-on STEM sessions, including chemistry study, engineering design, coding and an Amazing Race type journey using topographic maps and compasses. The sessions are led by community college instructors and industry volunteers from Oracle and Intuit.


Students from the following MESA centers will attend: Allan Hancock College, American River College, Bakersfield College, Butte College, Cabrillo College, Cañada College, Chabot College, College of the Canyons, College of the Desert, College of the Sequoias, Cosumnes River College, El Camino College, Napa Valley College, Pasadena City College, Rio Hondo College, Sacramento City College, San Joaquin Delta College, Santa Ana College, Skyline College, Solano College, Woodland College and Yuba College.


MESA is an award-winning academic enrichment program that provides educationally disadvantaged students with the tools to earn bachelor’s degrees in math-based fields. With tutoring, mentoring, study sessions, transfer counseling and study centers, MESA provides an environment that allows students to succeed and navigate the transfer system more easily. Each year MESA serves more than 25,000 pre-college, community college and four-year college students in California.


MESA has programs in more than 30 community colleges in California. Ninety-eight percent of community college MESA students go on to four-year colleges as math-based majors.