Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)


MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) at LACC is a community for new and continuing STEM students. The program offers STEM Tutoring, Counseling, Transfer Support, Career Exploration in the STEM pathway, and access to STEM internships and research opportunities. 


Los Angeles City College MESA logo

MESA Program goals are the following:

  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. Increase the number and percentage of underrepresented and/or low income students who complete a certificate and/or degree in STEM within two years; and
  3. Increase the number and percentage of underrepresented and/or low-income students transferring to baccalaureate programs in STEM. 



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​​Tuesday - April 30, 2024 
MESA LACC - Life Sciences 206
2:30-3:30 PM




Benefits of the MESA Program

  • Academic excellence workshops
  • Mentorship
  • Scholarships & Internships
  • Tutoring 
  • STEM organizations (STEM Club & SACNAS)
  • STEM counseling
  • University application assistance
  • Personal development workshops
  • Network to industry
  • A place to hang out!  

MESA Eligibility


The MESA Program is open to the following majors: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Math, Physics, and Pre-Med.

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Pursuing a calculus-based STEM transfer major
  • Intent to transfer to 4-year university
  • First-generation college student

If you're interested in participating in the MESA LACC program, please complete this participant form.  

MESA LACC Participant Form

Tutoring Schedule - Spring 2024

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
  Math & Chemistry
11 am - 6 pm
  Math & Chemistry
11 am - 6 pm
4 pm - 7 pm
4 pm - 7 pm


Meet Your MESA Success Team

Maria Calpito

MESA Director
B.A. UC Santa Cruz
M.A. University of San Francisco

Greetings!  I am a first generation Filipinx with BA degrees in Psychology & Education and an MA in Education, Organization and Leadership.  I am a dedicated, student-centered educator with strong ties and connections to the city of Los Angeles.  As an LA native, I am deeply honored to serve the students of LACC.  You can find me snacking in my office (LACC MESA - Life Science 206), rushing to my next meeting , getting boba/tacos, or walking my dog :) 

Phone: 323-953-4000 ext. 2196
Office: Life Sciences 206



Grace Santiago

MESA/STEM Counselor

Grace lives and grew up in Boyle Heights. You can come see her for financial aid, career, and academic counseling. When she is not at LACC you can find Grace foraging for mushrooms in the woods, thrifting, or trying to find ways to reduce her
use of single use plastics.

Phone: 323-953-4000 ext. 1597
Office: Life Sciences 206


MESA Program

Hours and Location

Monday to Thursday: 10:30 am - 7 pm
Friday:  By Appointment

Life Sciences Building, 206