Workshop Descriptions

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

Check-in and Breakfast is from 8:30 am - 9:00 am

Our JumpStart Welcome will begin at 9:00 am - 9:30 am

After the welcome event, participants can choose from the workshops below to attend.

All workshops will be 30 minutes with a 10 minute passing period.
All workshop sessions will be conducted in-person (Mask Required)

Each workshop will run three times (9:45 am, 10:25 am, and 11:05 am).
Attend the session that best meets your interest and schedule.


  9:00-9:30 am         Welcome       

9:45-10:15 am       Workshop #1

10:25-10:55 am       Workshop #2

11:05-11:35 am       Workshop #3

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workshop Descriptions

A Parent’s Guide to Guiding their Young Adult Through San Diego Mesa College (A Parent Workshop)
Presenter: Gabriel Adona, Counselor - Counseling Faculty
Room: SB112
The transition from high school to college can be difficult for every member of a family, so in this workshop we will discuss questions that you may have about making the transition to college, deciding the proper pathway for their degree and making the transfer process at Mesa, smoother and easier. We will also discuss your transition from “parent” to “peer” at this new stage of life, and how your new role can empower your young adult to become more responsible for their education and future.  Join us for a lively discussion on how to effectively support your young adult!

Campus Tours
Presenter: Peer Navigators and Outreach Ambassadors - Outreach

Sunrise Plaza
Join us for a campus tour and discover the “Mesa Olympian Experience”.  You will have an opportunity to explore all the hot spots on campus as tours will be led by current Student leaders.

Cash in on Community College (Financial Aid Workshop)
Presenter: Pilar Ezeta, Student Services Supervisor - Financial Aid
Room: SB118
Learn about Financial Aid by attending this financial aid workshop, you will learn about basic information on the application process for Federal and State aid.  This workshop will provide you with information about student aid opportunities from federal government and state.  You will be able to ask question about the different types of aid or any questions pertaining to the subject matter.

Cash in on Community College (Financial Aid Workshop - Spanish Only)
Presenter: Julissa Samano, Student Services Technician - Financial Aid
Room: SB120
Aprenda de Ayuda Financiera  – Español  - Al asistir a este taller de ayuda financiera, aprenderá sobre el proceso de aplicación para la ayuda federal y estatal. Este taller le proporcionará información sobre las oportunidades de ayuda estudiantil del gobierno federal y estatal. Podrá formular preguntas sobre los diferentes tipos de ayuda o cualquier pregunta relacionada con el tema.

College Support and Retention Programs
Presenter: Patty Rodriguez, Counselor - Counseling Faculty & Charles Shimazaki - Mesa Journeys Project Assistant
Room: SB111
This workshop will provide information regarding a variety of support services available to students at Mesa College. Find out about the resources available to help you navigate your college experience. 

Dreamer Support Services Workshop
Presenter: Daisy Mosqueda, Financial Aid Project Assistant & Consuelo Orihuela, Borderless Scholars Counselor
Room: SB121
Learn about financial aid options and Borderless Scholars services specifically for students that identify as Dreamers, AB540, Undocumented, DACA Recipients, and from mixed status families. 

Jump Start Your Career!
Presenter: Shawn Faucett, Assistant Professor & Pavel Consuegra, Adjunct Professor - Work Based Learning
Room: SB219
Prepare now for your career with real-world experiences inside and outside the classroom. Attend this workshop to learn how you can explore career options, develop workplace skills, and engage with employers through hands-on activities such as job shadows, industry panels, workplace tours, internships, and more! Connect with the Work-Based Learning team to jump start your career at Mesa College!

Ready-Set-GO to Mesa!
Presenter: Joel Vera Gonzalez, Financial Aid Student Services Assistant & Amy Bettinger, Student Services Technician
Room: SB216
This open lab will be available to help new students complete:
- CCCApply | Steps to enroll for classes | Online Orientation
- Assessment | Counseling |FAFSA | CA Dream Act | and so much more!
- Assessment and Financial staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide one-on-one support.

San Diego Promise
Presenter: Donnaly Atajar, Student Services Technician - San Diego Promise
Room: SB220
Learn more about the San Diego Promise Program and all it has to offer your student! Each session will cover the following:
- Up to two years of free tuition and health fees
- Books grants for eligible students
- Access to Peer Mentors
- Individualized counseling guidance support to complete your education goals

So You Want to Transfer
Presenter: Anne Hedekin, Counselor - Counseling Faculty
Room: SB218
Jump into the basics of transfer.  Get an overview of key components of successful transfer to UCs and CSUs from Mesa  College.

Supportive Services for Students that have experience foster care
Presenter: Markus Berrien, Assistant Professor/Counselor EOPS/NEXTUP & Jessica Gaffney, Financial Aid Student Services Assistant
Room: SB215
Please join us as we discuss campus resources available to students that have experienced foster care and attending Mesa College. We will provide information on how to apply for Financial Aid, Grants, Scholarships, and supportive services available through NEXT Up and FAST Scholars Program.

The Bell Doesn't Ring Anymore (Student Voices)
Presenter: Mesa Students
Room: SB113
Transitioning into college can be a challenging experience for new students, but this student-led panel discussion can help you get a head start! Mesa College student leaders will share their experiences and the lessons they learned while transitioning into College Life, giving you the boost you need to thrive when the bell doesn’t ring anymore.

¡Vamos Adelante con Mesa College!
Presenter: Clemente Ayala, EOPS Faculty
Room: SB221
¡Asistan a este taller virtual para aprender mas sobre “Mesa College” y todo lo que le puede ofrecer a su estudiante! Durante este taller recibirán información sobre: Pasos de Matriculación, y programas y servicios ofrecidos en Mesa College. El taller será presentado en Español. (Attend this virtual workshop to learn more about Mesa College and all that it can offer your student. During this workshop, you will receive information about: Matriculation steps, and programs and services offered att Mesa College. The workshop will be presented in Spanish)


Jumpstart is presented by San Diego Mesa College

Questions? Call 619-388-2699

Requests for disability accommodations must be made five (5) working days prior to the event.  Please contact Zulma Heraldez at 619-388-2699 or by email at