Math, Engineering & Science Achievement (MESA)

Preparing the next generation of scientists and engineers

MESA Program at Columbia Basin College

If you are interested in the MESA program, please fill out the online application. Once your application has been reviewed by the MESA director, you will be contacted by email to schedule a meeting.

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What is MESA?

You've probably heard a lot about STEM already, right? Degrees in science, technology, engineering or math have become more popular than ever before as the world rushes to keep up with innovations, theories and design burgeoning before us. The MESA program at CBC wants to help students like you, who are interested in pursuing degrees and careers in these important fields, by providing extra support through advising, internship and career opportunities as well as professional development even while you are still a student. 

The goal of MESA is to increase the number of historically underrepresented community college students who transfer to a four-year institution and earn a STEM bachelor’s degree. Ultimately, we aim to diversify the STEM workforce by addressing challenges students like you face in education and career development.

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MESA Eligibility

You are invited to join MESA if you:

  • Belong to a historically underrepresented population in STEM, including African American, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander and female-identified groups
  • Intend to transfer to a four-year institution in pursuit of a calculus-based STEM degree
  • Are a first-generation college student
  • Come from an economically disadvantaged background
  • Do not hold a bachelor's degree in any field
  • Are a citizen or resident of the United States, DACA-eligible or undocumented


Benefits of Joining MESA

Once you qualify, you can receive a wide range of services to help you excel academically and professionally, including:

  • Academic advising
  • Academic excellence workshops
  • Career and professional development
  • Industry connections
  • Study center (located in T128)
  • Transfer assistance
  • STEM conferences
  • University tours
  • STEM 101 Orientation Module
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“MESA not only helped guide me while choosing my classes, major and possible universities to transfer to while at CBC; it gave me a family-like support system that I feel confident returning to for support and guidance.”

Lourdes Romero, CBC MESA Graduate