Workshop Descriptions


Saturday, March 11, 2023

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.

  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

Visit our Virtual Resource Informational Fair to Learn More!

workshop Descriptions

family track workshops

Family members are encouraged to attend all three of the workshops in the following order.
Please note that the Family Track workshops will not be repeated.

     - 9:45-10:15 Transitioning to College
     - 10:25-10:55 All the Ways You Can Afford College
     - 11:05-11:35 Plan to Transfer

Transitioning to College
Presenter: Gabriel Adona, Counselor - Counseling Faculty
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!

All the Ways You Can Afford College
Presenter: Gilda Maldonado - Financial Aid Director
Gain information on the various ways Mesa College Students are able to afford College with a focus on the San Diego Promise FREE Tuition Program, Mesa College Scholarships and an overview of Financial Aid.

Plan to Transfer
Presenter: Gabriel Adona, Counselor - Counseling Faculty
Is your student planning on transferring to a four year University? Get an overview of key components of successful transfer to UCs and CSUs from Mesa College.


Student Track Workshops

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.

Cash in on Community College (Financial Aid Workshop)
Presenter: Pilar Ezeta-Rodriquez, Student Services Supervisor - Financial Aid
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 the federal government and state. You will be able to ask questions 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
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
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. 

Undocumented/Dreamer Support Services Workshop
Presenter: Angel Aguilar Garcia, Dreamer Resource Center and Borderless Scholars Program Coordinator & Joel Vera Gonzalez, Financial Aid Student Services Assistant
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: Pavel Consuegra, Adjunct Professor - Work Based Learning
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!

Let's Talk Transfer: How to Get Started
Presenter: Anne Hedekin, Counselor - Counseling Faculty
Jump into the basics of transfer.  Get an overview of key components of successful transfer to UCs and CSUs from Mesa  College.

The Bell Doesn't Ring Anymore
Presenter: Current Mesa Students
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.

The Promise Experience
Presenter: Jennifer Park, Student Services Technician - San Diego Promise
Learn more about what the San Diego Promise Program has to offer and how to apply. The San Diego Promise covers the cost of tuition for up to two years at San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and provides textbook grants of $400 per year to students who also qualify for a fee waiver (the California College Promise Grant, formerly known as the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver).
Benefits include:

- 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

Ready-Set-GO to Mesa with Financial Aid!
Presenter: Cecilia Valdez, Financial Aid Student Services Assistant
This open lab will be available to help new students complete:
- The FAFSA | CA Dream Act | and so much more!
- Financial staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide one-on-one support.

¡Vamos Adelante con Mesa College!
Presenter: Clemente Ayala, EOPS/Borderless Scholars Counselor
¡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 at Mesa College. The workshop will be presented in Spanish)

Campus Tours
Presenter: Peer Navigators and Outreach Ambassadors

Join us and discover the “Mesa Olympian Experience” through a campus tour hosted by our Peer Navigators and Outreach Ambassadors. You will have an opportunity to explore the campus while gaining insightful information from current Mesa students.



Jumpstart is presented by San Diego Mesa College

Questions? Call 619-388-2699/Email:

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