Underrepresented students in Washington State will achieve their full potential and contribute in the fields of mathematics, engineering and science.
To provide enriching opportunities in mathematics, engineering and science for underrepresented students in grades K-12 using exemplary materials and instructional approaches. MESA’s goal is to help provide a pathway to college and careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields for student who are currently underrepresented in those fields: African American, Native American, Latino/a and females. MESA is a model for educational excellence and equity. This is accomplished through a partnership of higher education, school districts, industry and business, government, community organizations, families and alumni.
MESA is a nationally recognized organization that has been supporting students and parents for over 30 years. Washington MESA was established in 1982, in four Seattle high schools, serving 88 students. Washington MESA serves over 3,500 students through six centers across Washington State: Tacoma, Yakima/Tri-Cities, Spokane, Seattle, First Nations and Southwest Washington. Southwest Washington MESA was established in 2004, and began serving students in 2005.
Southwest Washington MESA is housed at Washington State University Vancouver, which provides significant in-kind support and fiscal oversight. Under the university umbrella, students have the opportunity to visit the college campus, and make the connection between their school work, and success in higher education, as well as future career opportunities. Southwest Washington MESA partners include: Washington State University Vancouver, Clark College, Evergreen Public Schools, Vancouver Public Schools, Hockinson School District, ESD112, Hewlett Packard, Sharp, The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, College Spark, Bank of America, The Qwest Foundation, Key Bank and the High-Tech Council of Clark County.