June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Two Year College Division
23.1199.1 - 23.1199.10
The Five Year Evolution of a MESA ProgramAbstractThe first MESA Center in Texas opened in 2007 and after five years there is a story to be told.MESA, which stands for Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement, is a nationalprogram that originated in California in 1970. Its purpose is to support educationallydisadvantaged students throughout the education pipeline to excel in math and science and go onto attain degrees in the fields of engineering, science and mathematics.In 2005 a grant program was funded by Hewlett-Packard to expand MESA from California toother states and our college presented a strong proposal. However, at that time the college wasunable to provide a dedicated space for a Center in which students could congregate and we werenot funded. Over the next two years we continued to pursue the required space, and after finallyprocuring an underutilized classroom we became one of the few community colleges invited tojoin MESA as a non-funded affiliate of the program. Since its inception in the spring of 2007,the MESA Program has made a substantial contribution to the success of our engineeringprogram.Once our MESA Center was established, it soon became apparent why this space was a criticalcomponent of the MESA Program. It has served as a focal point for student study groups and acentral location for promoting student scholarships, engineering design competitions, internships,and summer undergraduate research opportunities. The Center has been host to tutoring sessionsfor difficult courses, student success seminars, resume writing and job search workshops, as wellas meetings of several science and engineering oriented student organizations on our campus.The Center has also served as a forum for presentations by faculty and student researchers,university recruiters, and practicing professionals from our area.This paper will present an analysis of our experience with the challenges encountered and theencouraging results of the first five years of the MESA Program at our community college, aswell as offer recommendations and outline future plans.
Dimitriu, D. G., & O'Connor, J. (2013, June), The Five Year Evolution of a MESA Program Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22584
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