Withdrawals at Mesa escalate due to pandemic

The enrollment number has gone down this semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: Office of Communications The COVID-19 pandemic has so far resulted in a majority of classes to be held online through the spring, summer and fall 2020 semesters. Because of this, enrollment numbers have already become affected. Jack Beresford, the director of communications and public relations at Mesa College, said the institution has had 8,393 withdrawals through week 14 of this semester – a 46% incre

Why protests against stay-at-home orders need to stop

Front-line workers in the medical field all over the country are now risking their lives in order to protect others from COVID-19, when they don’t even have the chance to protect themselves or the people they love. So, why are people disrespecting the hard work of these front-line workers by protesting because they “want a haircut”? These past few days, people all over the country have protested against the stay-at home precautions by congregating in massive groups. Some even supported their ar

SDCCD announces fall 2020 semester will be held primarily online

Students will continue to stay at home, for the most part, for the fall 2020 semester. Credit: MCT Campus Dr. Constance Carroll, chancellor of the San Diego Community College District, informed that the fall 2020 semester will be held primarily online and by distance education. The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked a wide array of changes when it comes to all institutions. At Mesa, both summer and fall 2020 have been officially announced to continue with the online modality. Although Carroll had

“Transfronterizos” during the COVID-19 pandemic

With the current status of COVID-19, for many, schoolwork has become more complex since its turn to online platforms. However, for cross-border students, this has meant less commuting and more time to study. Crossing the border daily to get to school or work is just part of the routine of many “transfronterizo” (cross-border) students. The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is, according to the U.S. General Services Administration, “the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere.” Since

Teacher shortage in California opens up new Teacher Education opportunities at Mesa College

A plummet in teacher education students in California has led to a shortage of teachers, but has also opened up numerous opportunities for those in the career path. According to the LA Times, California governor Gavin Newsom stated “75% of state school districts face a shortage of fully trained teachers, especially in high school math and science, and at all grade levels for students with disabilities.” This teacher shortage California faces has made community colleges like Mesa create new opp

Mesa students explore professions in the Spring 2020 Career Fest

The week of March 9-13, the teams of the Career Center and Work-Based Learning hosted the Spring 2020 Career Fest, a week-long event dedicated to career exploration for students. Throughout the week, professionals from different backgrounds, such as humanities and STEM, offered employer meet and greets with the purpose of giving their take on their experiences and advice in the fields. Monday and Tuesday consisted of one-on-one resume reviewing, while the two major events, the Internship and S

SDSU offers bachelor’s degree program through Mesa College

Mesa students will now have the opportunity to get a SDSU bachelor's degree without leaving campus. San Diego State University has stated a partnership for the fall semester of 2020, offering bachelor’s degree programs through San Diego Mesa College, as well as Southwestern College. The microsite degree program allows students from said community colleges to complete their SDSU bachelor’s degree through online classes only. Both of the community colleges will be offering a business administrat