History

1976 Minority programs began, sponsored by the UW College of Engineering (CoE). The initial emphasis was to develop a junior high visitation program where college engineering students developed presentations for junior high schools. CoE faculty visits to these schools also began in 1976.
1979 First summer programs for high school students, including a computer seminar for high school students and a residential MITE (Minority Introduction to Engineering) program for Pacific Northwest students.
1981 UW College of Engineering began the college level Minority Engineering Program, including a “bridge” program for entering freshmen.
1982 Washington MESA formally launched. The organization is built on earlier elements, some of which were in place in 1972. These elements include teacher seminars, curriculum project development, and faculty links with secondary schools. The first women’s conference was held in 1974. This program has grown and is now coordinated by the American Association of University Women.
1982‑83 The MESA high school academic year program began in Seattle. Washington State funding for expansion of this program to other areas in Washington was approved in 1984.
1984 MESA centers were established in Tacoma and the Yakima Valley/Tri-Cities. The MESA Statewide office coordinated monthly seminars for teachers statewide to assist in MESA class project development and multi-cultural training.
1986‑87 Honeywell Foundation funded the Mukilteo satellite, providing the “MESA opportunity” to underrepresented students in Mukilteo.
1989 The Spokane MESA Center was established and is unique with two university sponsors: Washington State University and Eastern Washington University.
1990 The MESA Middle School Bill passed in the Washington legislature establishing state funding for expansion to middle schools in the four centers. The college level program at Washington State University began.
2001‑02 Washington MESA provided classes for approximately 4,935 students, representing 78 schools, in 25 school districts. Four university sponsors, two public and two private, provide support and faculty sponsors from engineering colleges for the centers. Many other students benefit from the conferences, applied mathematics, science projects, and material resources that participating mathematics and science teachers bring to their schools.
2009 Washington MESA received an NSF STEP grant to support the development of the WA MESA Community College Program (MCCP) and established centers at four community colleges: Columbia Basin College, Highline Community College, Seattle Central Community College, and Yakima Valley College.
2010 Washington MESA expands the MCCP to Edmonds Community College and Olympic College.