Cal State East Bay MESA´s mission is to develop in students, especially those from educationally disadvantaged populations, the knowledge and skills that will enhance their interest and prepare them for professions requiring degrees in engineering, and other mathematics and science–based fields.
Locally, MESA involves a partnership between California State University, East Bay, area schools, school districts, industries, and professional organizations. We serve students in 6th through 12th grades. Major elements of the program include:
- Academic Excellence Workshops (AEW) where students are scheduled in core classes and taught how to maintain high academic standards through group study.
- Individual Academic Plans (IAP) in order for MSP counselors to monitor individual student progress.
- MESA Periods to provide a regular designated time during the school day for MESA Advisors (usually math or science teachers) to implement the new MSP model components.
- MESA Day where students compete for awards in hands-on math, science and English activities at local and regional levels.
- Career and College Exploration through field trips to industry and college sites, opportunities to hear guest speakers from the industry, etc.
- Parent Leadership training where parents learn how to become effective advocates for their children's academic success.
- Incentive Awards where students receive cash and non-cash awards for outstanding academic achievement, participation and leadership.
- Study Skills Training so students at all levels learn the most effective techniques for academic achievement.