ESSC Programs and Services

The ECST Student Success Center (ESSC) is composed of various programs through which services are offered.  We are dedicated to support the mission of the college by increasing the number of students in the educational pipeline through services offered to pre-college students in middle schools and high schools, partnering with feeder community colleges, and incorporating student success and retention strategies at the undergraduate level. Services are provided through the following programs.

  1. Summer Transition into ECST Program (STEP) – The purpose of STEP is to provide access for educational development and excellence in mathematics for ECST incoming freshman students. It targets the inadequate preparation in mathematics which hinders many students from pursuing an engineering degree in a successful and timely manner. STEP aims at helping students reinforce their math skills and bridge them to the next level in mathematics before starting their first quarter at Cal State LA. In addition, this retention program establishes an early support network and fosters personal relationships among freshman students, student leaders, faculty, and staff to aid with the transition from high school to college and provides various personal development workshops to assist with the academic rigors students may face during their first-year-experience in the College of ECST.
  2. ECST Advising Center- This office provides advising services to prospective, incoming freshman, and second-year students in engineering, computer science, and technology majors.  Advisors and peer advisors assist students with the development of academic plans based on their career and life goals. Advisors connect students with educational opportunities, student organizations, faculty, and campus resources to enhance their educational experience.  For more information refer to the ECST Advising Center Syllabus.
  3. MESA Schools Program (MSP) - MSP provides academic development for middle school and high school students so they will succeed in math and science and go on to attain baccalaureate degrees in math-based majors. The MSP partners with math and science teachers to administer the program at local schools.
  4. MESA Engineering Program (MEP) - MEP is an academic program that supports educationally disadvantaged students to attain four-year degrees in engineering or computer science. MEP employs various student retention strategies including academic monitoring, academic excellence workshops in math and cornerstone engineering courses, course clustering, introduction to engineering orientation courses, student study center, and connections to student organizations. In addition MEP fosters the leadership and professional development of students through college and national conferences hosted through various student organizations.