Welcome to MESA

What is MESA?
MESA’s community college level program produces a diverse population of transfer-ready students to advance their STEM educational trajectories to 4-year university programs and future careers. MESA’s mission is to increase the numbers
of economically and educationally disadvantaged students pursuing degrees in STEM. MESA serves about 5,700 community college students and 15,700 pre-college students statewide.

Solano Community College MESA Center Goal:
The mission of the Solano Community College MESA Center is to increase transfer ready MESA students through focused STEM academic support, counseling, mentoring, professional development, and industry connection. Through increased leadership skills, educational expectations, and community building, Solano Community College MESA students will be prepared to become the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering leaders.

Contact Us:
Solano Community College MESA Center
Main Campus – Bldg 1500

MESA Eligibility

To qualify for the MESA program,  you must:

  • Be a US citizen/ Permanent resident/ AB 540
  • Declare a STEM major that requires Calculus I
  • Other financial and educational requirements may need to be met

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program Objectives

The following MESA program objectives are achieved with the successful implementation of the MESA Program Components:
1. Increase the number of economically and educationally disadvantaged students pursuing degrees in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology who are eligible to transfer to a four-year institution.
2. Improve efficient processes and practices and utilize existing college transfer centers to garner greater MESA student transfers to four-year institutions.
3. Improve strategies to increase the rate at which MESA students are deemed transfer ready in calculus-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors.
4. Improve the academic performance of MESA students.
5. Increase the leadership skills and raise the educational expectations of MESA students.
6. Strengthen relationships with educators, prospective employers in business and industry to establish student internships, scholarships and other career opportunities for MESA students.
7. Improve partnerships with MESA College-Prep (high, middle and elementary schools), MESA Community College (two-year institutions and College/University (four-year institutions) Programs, or similar programs (eg.
California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP), MESA Engineering Programs (MEP), MESA Schools Programs (MSP)), to provide optimum student support services.
8. Improve collaboration with campus programs to leverage additional resources and opportunities for MESA students, and to ensure that MESA is integrated into the campus culture and infrastructure.

Meetings Schedule

Meeting Date

Current Program Activities

  1. Math and Science Tutoring available every  Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm
  2. MESA Open House Activities and Orientation
  3. Transfer College/University Fieldtrips
  4. MESA Student Leadership Retreat
  5. MESA STEM Career & Internships Fair
  6. MESA Summer Bridge Program
  7. MESA Counseling 8 Course

What to Expect from the MESA Center

MESA Center will be utilized for:
● MESA Academic Excellence Workshops
● MESA STEM Speaker Series
● STEM Study Hall/ Computers
● MESA Safe Space & Community Building
● MESA Professional Development & Internship Networking
● Meetings with MESA Counselors and Faculty
● MESA Conference Planning
● MESA Summer Academy

MESA Annual Newsletter

Link: TBD


MESA participants must:

  • Be eligible for Federal Financial Aid
  • Be a first-generation college student
  • Declare a major or have a dedicated interest in Math, Engineering, or Science
  • Be transferring to a four-year university with intentions of earning a Bachelor’s degree
  • Participate in MESA activities
  • Make significant progress towards transferring in their major.

MESA Center Hours (Summer 2024)

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (IN-PERSON)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (IN-PERSON)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (IN-PERSON)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (REMOTE)
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (REMOTE)

*Closed 12:30pm – 1:00pm for Lunch*

***Weekends and Holidays: Closed unless Reserved***

Meet the Staff

Eliza Velarde
MESA Administrative Assistant
Commodore St. Germain
MESA Faculty Liaison
Amy Dauffenbach
MESA Counselor