ECST Student Success Center

Welcome to the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (ECST) Student Success Center (ESSC)!  Our mission is to provide empowering educational opportunities to nurture student academic, professional, leadership, and social development.  We do this by developing collaborative relationships with academic departments within our college, campus resources, and community partners to strengthen the students’ learning experience.

Choosing Cal State LA ECST

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    Adriana Aldana, Mechanical Engineering

    Students choose which college to go to for just about every reason you can think of: location, academic programs, affordability, and more. ECST students talk about what motivated them to select Cal State LA, what they like best about it, and what they’d like to do after they earn a degree. Adriana Aldana is a third-year student majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

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    Christian Garcia, Electrical Engineering

    Students choose which college to go to for just about every reason you can think of: location, academic programs, affordability, and more. ECST students talk about what motivated them to select Cal State LA, what they like best about it, and what they’d like to do after they earn a degree. Christian Garcia is a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering.

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    Maria Gonzalez, Electrical Engineering

    Students choose which college to go to for just about every reason you can think of: location, academic programs, affordability, and more. ECST students talk about what motivated them to select Cal State LA, what they like best about it, and what they’d like to do after they earn a degree. Maria Gonzalez is a third-year student majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Our Students Come First

For the College of ECST Student Success Center, students come first!  The Student Success Center team is composed of committed staff members, student facilitators, and peer advisors dedicated to maximizing your college experience.

How ESSC Supports You

  • Assist first and second-year students with academic and personal advisement.
  • Build community within our ECST college.
  • Facilitate the transition from high school to college.
  • Nurture a non-threatening environment that provides students with a “home-away-from-home” experience.
  • Academic preparation programs.
  • Student leadership organizations.
  • Faculty and staff connections.
  • Access to campus and community resources.
  • Information on scholarships.
  • Career and professional development opportunities.

Services We Offer

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Summer Transition to ECST Program (STEP)

The Summer Transition to ECST Program (STEP) is a program for all ECST incoming freshmen majoring in Pre-Engineering majors and Pre-Computer Science. 

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ECST Incoming Freshman Orientation

Incoming ECST freshmen are required to attend a two-day orientation - GE Orientation and College Orientation.

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ECST Advising Center (EAC)

ECST practices a split advising model in which advising is carried out by professional staff advisors in the ECST Advising Center (EAC) and by faculty advisors in their departments.

Student Engagement

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Career Development

ECST Professional Placement Services provides a link to industry, the University Career Development Center, and other career, leadership, and professional development of our students.

Pre-College Programs

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MESA Schools Program

MESA Schools Program offers pre-college students college and career exploration in the STEM fields. Events are sponsored at universities across Southern California and partner with industries such as Boeing, JPL, and the Department of Water and Power. The events feature activities and workshops geared towards preparing high school students for college and career success. Students are informed about college admission procedures, financial aid options, and campus life. Hands-on activities give students a chance to learn about higher education and careers and interact with college students and professional mentors. Visit Cal State LA MESA

LAunchPad

LAunchPad is a two-week summer program where we will introduce you to a few of the exciting ways that engineers and computer scientists can make the world a better place. You’ll learn about computing and data science, how to make your cell phone control a robot, and how to test and keep clean the air we breathe and the water we drink. Visit LAunchPad