MESA Migrant Junior Otters

Partnering to serve our nearby migrant families, CSUMB and the Monterey County Office of Migrant Education, Region XVI, have developed the Migrant Education Summer Academy (MESA) that 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 Teledramatic Arts and Technology (TAT) Department, students learn about theatre and culture, including sessions taught by Luis Valdez.