Mesa College President Dr. Rita M. Cepeda To Serve on National Science Foundation Panel

Dr. Rita M. Cepeda, President of San Diego Mesa College, will serve on a “Community College Presidents’ Panel” at a National Science Foundation supported “Workshop on Best Practices for Recruitment and Transition of Engineering and Science Students  from Community Colleges to Four Year Institutions” on Monday, October 5.  Dr. Cepeda is one of three community college presidents to serve on this panel.

Two former San Diego Community College District students will serve on a student’s panel. The workshop will be held at The University of Alabama at Birmingham October 4-6, 2009 and will include representatives of the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program and their community college partners.

Among the largest community colleges in California and the nation, San Diego Mesa College is a fully accredited two-year college offering more than 170 associate degree and certificate programs. With its premiere fine art and music programs, robust language offerings and rigorous math and science curricula, Mesa ranks as San Diego’s top transfer institution. The college also serves as an important economic catalyst for the region. Its career programs include allied health fields, biopharmaceutical, multimedia, animal health technology, American Sign Language, hospitality, fashion, architecture, interior design and more. Situated on a sprawling, suburban 104-acre mesa in the geographic center of San Diego, the college’s small classes, outstanding faculty, diverse student population and reputation for quality offer an unparalleled academic experience. Mesa College is the largest of three colleges in the San Diego Community College District, which also includes City College, Miramar College and San Diego Continuing Education. www.sdmesa.edu.