Sempra Energy Foundation Awards $6,000 To MESA ProgramPublished: December 15, 2010
Engineering and computer science students at CSULB will benefit from increased services thanks to a recent grant from the Sempra Energy Foundation.
The CSULB Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Center has been awarded a $6,000 grant to support the retention and graduation activities of the MESA Engineering Program, a college-based academic support and professional development program for underrepresented engineering students. At CSULB, nearly 200 students are involved in MESA.
“On behalf of the students and staff of the MESA Engineering Program, we are pleased with the continued support of Sempra Energy. To date we have received more than $25,000, as well as valuable human resources, including mentors and guest speakers,” said Emmitt Clark, director of the CSULB MESA Engineering Program. “This important partnership allows us to prepare our students as far as tutoring and professional development is concerned. A number of our MEP students are working as interns for Sempra (The Gas Company). We are honored that Sempra Energy is looking to strengthen this partnership in the future.”
“Sempra has long been a supporter of MESA, but this is the largest grant MESA has received from the company,” said Oscar Porter, MESA executive director. “The money will help us increase services to nearly half of our centers serving university students.”
Four other MESA centers in Sempra’s service area will also receive $6,000 each: San Diego State, Cal State LA, UC Santa Barbara and Fresno State. MESA currently serves more than 1,000 students at those five campuses.
Sempra is a worldwide energy company whose California subsidiaries – Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric – serve 20 million customers in southern and central California.