Five Butte College students were selected to attend a Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) leadership conference in Santa Cruz last month which drew 150 MESA community colleges students from throughout the state. Students were chosen based on their leadership potential.
The event included field experiments handling chemistry and engineering design, industry speakers and hands-on breakout sessions. The retreat offered a chance for community college students to interact, network and build leadership skills.
Presenters from Genentech, Oracle, NASA and the Society of Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) spoke to students. The Hispanic College Fund partially funded the event.The Butte students included: Naiya Sullivan, Ashley Shields, Willis Baker, Robert Cardenaz and Raul Vasquez.
MESA is an award-winning academic enrichment program that provides educationally disadvantaged students with the tools to earn bachelor's degrees in math-based fields. With tutoring, mentoring, study sessions, transfer counseling and study centers, MESA provides an environment that allows students to succeed and navigate the transfer system more easily. MESA has programs in more than 30 community colleges in California. One hundred percent of MESA students who go to four-year college are math-based majors.