May 19, 2016
Danielle McNamara


MESA student-teams across the state brushed up on their algebra while vying for bragging rights in the program’s annual Math Challenge.


Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) conducted the 60-minute test that is modeled after the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year College’s Student Math League test. More than 150 MESA students in teams participated from 13 MESA community college campuses.


The top three schools are College of the Desert, Mission College and Santa Rosa Junior College.


The top schools will receive a plaque for the achievement. Top students statewide are also recognized. The goal is to expand the contest to more MESA community college centers each year and build a healthy level of competition between campuses to maintain or gain the title.


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.


MESA has programs in 36 community colleges. Ninety-nine percent of MESA students who go to four-year college as math-based majors.