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About our Math, Engineering, Science Achievement program (MESA)


Welcome STEM Scholars!!!

Happy New Year! We are excited to announce that Los Angeles Harbor College is ONE of the newest MESA programs in our LACCD.  A grassroots effort that began in 1970 with 25 students at Oakland Technical High School in 1970 has flourished into an award-winning program that serves over 25,000 middle school, high school, community college, and university level students throughout California each year. 

The Los Angeles Harbor College MESA programs goals include:

1. Increase the number and percentage of underrepresented and/or low-income students attaining certificates and degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM);

2. Empower and support educationally disadvantaged, first-generation community college students pursuing STEM degrees while providing academic, financial, and professional development resources; and

3. Increase the number and percentage of underrepresented and/or low-income students transferring to baccalaureate programs in STEM.

Feel the MESA magic! Browse our pages to learn more about the exciting opportunities that await you as an active participant of the MESA program.

MESA Eligibility Requirements At a Glance

The MESA Program aims to help students achieve success in math-and-science based degrees.  Through MESA, students develop academic and leadership skills, increase educational performance, and gain confidence in their ability to compete professionally.  You can join a cohort of students on a similar path to you for support and motivation.  This community of learners, with a very specialized focus, is what sets MESA apart from other student success programs.  

The following requirement is needed to be eligible for MESA:

  1. Calculus-based major

The additional criteria below are highly recommended but not needed to join MESA:

  1. Educationally underserved
  2. Proof of financial need
  3. Fist-generation college student
  4. Intend to transfer to a 4-year institution as a calculus-based STEM major. 

Interested in applying? Fill out the interest form to join the MESA program.


Now Accepting Applications!

MESA Interest Form


What We Offer:

  • Mentorship
  • Academic Excellence Workshops (AEW)
  • Scholarships & Internships
  • Tutoring 
  • STEM Organizations (STEM Club & SACNAS)
  • STEM Counseling
  • University Application Assistance
  • Personal Development Workshops
  • Network to Industry
  • MESA Center
  • A place to hang out!

Contact Us

General Questions

  • Email:
  • Phone: 310.233.4293
  • Student Union Building, SU 203



MESA Director

  • Heidi Medrano
  • Email:
  • Phone: 310.233.4651

MESA Counselor

  • Javier Gonzalez
  • Email:
  • Phone: 310.233.4538


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