Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)

Wondering what you can do with a STEM degree? Do you need guidance to help you advance your academic and professional goals? MESA at Seattle Central is here to help!

Program Overview

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) helps educationally disadvantaged students at Seattle Central College to become engineers, scientists and other math–based professionals urgently needed by industry. Seattle Central MESA offers academic and professional support services to qualifying students studying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) who plan to transfer to 4–year universities to pursue a STEM degree. 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 is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective academic development program in the sciences. A unique combination of enrichment activities, academic support, industry involvement and a supportive community environment are the foundations of the MESA program.

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

Orientation course: Learn study skills and time management strategies to help you excel academically in college and beyond. An overview of the valuable resources available at Seattle Central and student expectations of the MESA program are also covered.

Academic advising and counseling: An advisor or counselor will help you create an educational plan that outlines the coursework required to complete your degree. Quarterly visits with the MESA director will help to keep you on track to save you time and money.

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 four–year universities.

Career advising: Students are exposed to different STEM career options through contacts with industry, field trips, career fairs, and internship opportunities.

Professional development: MESA offers a series of skill–building workshops, from best practices for applying to a summer internship to how to build an effective LinkedIn profile.

Student study center: MESA students have access to a dedicated student center (located in the North Plaza Room NP106) where they can gather to study, meet with tutors, make new friends, and engage in science. At the MESA center, students 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, low–income, underrepresented minority (African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander) and/or female student pursuing a STEM degree, consider joining the MESA program!

  1. Review the student contract to determine your eligibility to participate in MESA.
  2. Download, complete in full, and print the MESA Community College Program (MCCP) Application. You can also pick up an application at the student center located in the North Plaza room NP106.
  3. Submit your completed application form via email to or in person to the MESA director located in SAM114 (if submitting via email do not include your Social Security Number on the form).

Contact Information

MESA Student Center
North Plaza Room NP106
M–F 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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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