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Are you pursuing a rigorous STEM career? If so, the Mathematics, Engineering, & Science Achievement Program (MESA) aims to help underserved and underrepresented students achieve success in math and science-based degrees. By joining MESA you will be embraced by a supportive community of students, faculty, counselors, and staff all focused on math, engineering, and science-related career engagement, and your SUCCESS in these subjects! What sets MESA apart from other programs is the strong partnership with local industries (internship opportunities) and Norco's STEM faculty and dedicated MESA counselor who will provide mentorship and guidance every step of the way. 

The MESA program has a dedicated space inside the STEM Center (Room 122) where MESA students receive​ the support they need to be successful in college, including specialized STEM tutoring and counseling.


The benefits of joining MESA include:
  • Enhance your educational experience while completing the first two years of a bachelor's degree
  • Gain industry knowledge
  • Make friends who have similar academic and career interests
  • Develop close relationships with faculty members
  • Develop and improve your academic leadership skills
  • Connect with student and professional organizations to enhance your personal and professional development​
MESA Services include:
  • MESA Orientation
  • Enrichment in math​, physics, chemistry, biology, and other related sciences through specialized tutoring, academic excellence workshops, and summer boot camps
  • ​​Career planning
  • Academic and transfer planning
  • University and College tours
  • Internship and Research opportunities
  • Mentorship, Conferences, and other Networking opportunities
  • Designate Norco College as your "home campus"
  • Be U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, Dreamer, or DACA student
  • Declare a calculus-based (minimum of one semester required) major in science, engineering, math, or related field
  • Intent to transfer to complete a bachelor's degree
  • No previous bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrate financial need by receiving financial aid (e.g., CA Promise Grant, Pell Grant, CalGrant, CA DREAM Act, Federal Work study, CalFresh, GI Bill, TANF)
  • First-generation college student (parent(s) do not have bachelor's degree​)
If you do not meet all of the above eligibility requirements, please inquire about joining our ASEM program. ASEM members are "Friends of MESA". Participation​ in ASEM allows students access to most MESA benefits. The only limitation is we are not able to fund out-of-state student conferences or provide stipends. 

ASEM students must meet one of the following:

  • Option 1- Be First Generation and STEM Major
  • Option 2- Demonstrate Financial Need and STEM Major

If you are interested in joining MESA please complete the MESA Application

Please email Patricia Gill (MESA Coordinator) with any questions.

The MESA Center is located in STEM Center (room 122) on the south side of campus. You will also find MESA staff in the STEM Center. View our exact location by clicking on the image.​

8:30 am - 6 pm (Mon, Wed, Fri)
8:30 am - 7 pm (Tues & Thur)

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