Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)

MESA at Seattle Central College

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is changing the face of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by helping to develop a new generation of STEM leaders. MESA offers academic and professional support services to qualifying students who intend to transfer to 4–year universities in pursuit of STEM majors. Our overriding aim is to diversify the STEM workforce by addressing the challenges underrepresented students face in their educational and career development.

MESA Resources & Benefits

MESA at Seattle Central College is a welcoming space where students gather to study and engage in science. MESA members receive a unique combination of enrichment activities, academic support, industry involvement and an encouraging community environment.

Online Orientation: Our Canvas Online Orientation provides an overview of the valuable resources available at Seattle Central and the community. Explore careers and internships, find scholarships, learn study skills, and time management strategies to help you excel academically in college and beyond.

Career advising: Students are exposed to a variety of STEM career options through contacts with industry, field trips, career fairs, and internship opportunities. Review of resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles also available.

Transfer assistance: MESA provides workshops on the application process, visits to four-year institutions, and development and review of your personal statement to ensure successful transfer to universities. Quarterly visits with the MESA director will help to keep you on track to save you time and money.

Professional development: MESA offers a series of confidence building workshops, from best practices for applying to a summer internship to how to develop a growth mindset. We also offer skill-building workshops so students can stay up to date on the latest technologies and scientific trends.

Academic Excellence Workshops: Students are taught how to successfully master complex technical ideas and principles through a collaborative, peer-facilitated approach.

Student study center: MESA students have access to a dedicated student center (located in BE3221) where they can gather to study, meet with tutors, make new friends, and engage in science. At the MESA center, members have access to computers, whiteboards, refrigerator/microwave, and copies of the latest STEM textbooks. Students will also find noteworthy science news and internship opportunities posted at the Center.

How to Apply

If you are a first–generation (pdf), low–income (pdf), and historically underrepresented (pdf) student (African American, Latinx, Native American/Alaska Native, Pacific Islander, female) pursuing a math–based STEM degree (pdf), consider joining the MESA program!

  1. Read the MESA brochure (pdf) to determine your eligibility for membership in MESA.
  2. Review the student contract (pdf) to ensure you can commit the necessary time and effort needed to be successful in MESA.
  3. Download the MESA Community College Program (MCCP) Application (pdf) and fill in all required information electronically. Submit the application via email to Note: Hand written applications will not be accepted.
  4. Once the application is emailed you will receive a message from the MESA director within two weeks to schedule an appointment for an intake interview.

Contact Information

MESA Student Center
Monday–Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday 9a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 206.934.4047

Marilyn Saavedra–Leyva, MESA Director
Seattle Central College
Science & Math Division
1701 Broadway, room SAM114
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206.934.4320
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