On Wednesday, August 21, the San Diego City College MESA (Math, Engineering and Science Achievement) Program officially became one of only sixteen national recipients of a Hewlett-Packard (HP) Wireless Mobile Classroom.
Valued at over $100,000, the HP award targets community college programs that support African American, Latino and American Indian students to excel in engineering and computer science majors and successfully transfer to four-year universities. HP and the MESA Program share the goal of increasing the recruitment, retention and transfer of economically disadvantaged and minority students in math-based majors. The wireless mobile unit-on-wheels consists of a MobiLAN ONEmotorized computer lab, 35 HP notebook computers, a digital camera and a combined printer scanner- copier-fax machine.
City College President Terrence Burgess said, “Although much of our City College campus infrastructure is more than 50 years old, the MESA Program is leading the way to keeping City College competitive-and on the cutting edge”.
Chancellor Augie Gallego commented that under funded colleges like City will need to increasingly seek education-industry partnerships as college budgets are slashed, student enrollment increases, and demands for costly technology rises. He added, “With fewer funds available for updating decades old wiring and facilities, wireless classrooms may indeed become the “techwave of the future”.