The Migrant Education Summer Academy (MESA) brings over 125 fourth through sixth graders to campus for a two-week academic enrichment experience
The program has three main components.
First, students engage in a rigorous English Language Development (ELD) curriculum aimed to improve their English reading, writing, and speaking skills.
Second, CSUMB's Early Outreach and Support Programs expose students to the "Junior Otter" component where they learn about our campus, college life, and what it takes to be a successful student.
Lastly, MESA participants gain confidence and better self-expression through the Arts and Technology sessions. Working with the students and staff of the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department, students learn about theatre and culture, including sessions taught by Luis Valdez.
CSUMB partnered with the Monterey County Office of Migrant Education, Region XVI, to develop this program.
High school freshmen from across Monterey County, including students from Gonzales Unified, North Monterey County Unified, Salinas Union, Soledad Unified and South Monterey County Joint Union can attend Migrant Youth Days on the CSUMB campus.
The program helps students become aware of the importance of starting to prepare for college during their first year of high school. The day typically includes workshops on filmmaking, technology, careers and college and featured a campus tour.
The Monterey County Office of Education Migrant Education Region XVI Program sponsors these events in partnership with CSUMB.