1. Review the eligibility requirements
  2. Complete the electronic MESA Application and Student Contract 
  3. Email the completed Application to Dr. Jodi L. Carson, Program Director, for review and approval

Please contact Dr. Carson with any questions or to obtain more information.

Science & Technology Bldg, Rm 108
Phone: 360.475.7499

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is a nationally recognized academic enhancement program that looks beyond traditional student populations to meet future and global workforce demands in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Specifically, MESA seeks to increase the number of community college students who transfer to 4-year colleges or universities in pursuit of STEM-related degrees. Students from populations underrepresented in STEM—including females and racial or ethnic minorities—are encouraged to participate.

The MESA Program was introduced at Olympic College in June 2011 as a pilot initiative sponsored by the National Science Foundation and as part of a broader consortium of two-year colleges in the State including Columbia Basin, Edmonds, Highline, Seattle Central, and Yakima Valley Community College. The consortium is led by the University of Washington.

What Does OC MESA Offer?

Consistent with the national MESA model, the Olympic College MESA Program offers a dedicated student center and a broad range of support services intended to: attract students who have not traditionally considered STEM fields, retain those students during their first 2-3 years of college, and facilitate their successful completion and transfer to a 4-year institution to pursue STEM degrees.

MESA student members benefit from the following: (see informational flyer)

  • academic support through tutoring and small group study sessions
  • limited financial support in the form of scholarships, work stipends and textbook/calculator loans
  • a series of skill-building workshops focused on learning strategies, scholarship success and employment
  • opportunities to gain leadership and community service experience—an increasingly important consideration for scholarship awards and 4-year college or university admissions
  • opportunities to gain team-building skills through various design competitions
  • “glimpses” of industry/career options through on-campus speakers, off-campus field trips, and internships
  • transfer advising and support, including campus visits to select 4-year institutions. 

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Participation in OC MESA is generally limited to students who are:
  • Currently enrolled at Olympic College (including Running Start students)
  • Assessed at or above MATH 94 Elementary Algebra in the their math skills
  • Maintaining a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Intending to transfer to a four-year institution in pursuit of a STEM-related degree
  • At a disadvantage educationally (e.g., student attended a low performing high school, will be first in their family to graduate from college, or other)
  • At a disadvantage economically (e.g., student qualifies for Federal financial aid, is at or below the Federal poverty level, is under 24 and living on their own/supporting a family, or other)

Students from populations currently underrepresented in STEM—including females and racial or ethnic minorities—are encouraged to apply.

Rev.: September 10, 2014 Karen Osborn