Student Development

Student Development


It brings me great joy to welcome you to San Diego Mesa College. I applaud you for taking the first step in higher education. Chances are, the programs and services in the School of Student Development are the first ones you will encounter as you embark on your educational career.

I encourage you to take advantage of the services available to support your success at San Diego Mesa College. Completing the following checklists will allow you to get off on a good start. "Let's Begin" is all about ways to get started, and after obtaining an abbreviated education plan, follow the steps under "Let's Finish" to get involved, and take advantage of work based learning experiences to supplement your education. There are many services available to help you get started with career and major exploration, along with goal setting and education planning that will help you with degree completion. In addition, remember to meet with the counseling faculty and obtain a comprehensive education plan and learn about ways to get one step closer toward fulfilling your goals. An ed plan is your ticket to success!

We have many programs available to students. I encourage you to speak with a counselor to inquire and learn about the various services available to you. We also offer a variety of learning community courses with Personal Growth taught from many perspectives such as Puente, UMOJA, Kapwa, and many others.

College is a lot of fun. It’s an opportunity to explore, learn, and invest in your personal growth. As you browse through the website, take some time to get to know the various programs and services available. You will notice that there is one just for you. The links below will allow you to learn more about the San Diego Mesa College campus, programs, and services and watch a variety of student testimonials:

Congratulations, and thank you for choosing San Diego Mesa College. Go Olympians!

Most Sincerely,

Ailene C. Crakes, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Development

Check-Ins with Dean Ailene

Based on feedback received, many prefer to reach out to the office individually. Please contact the School of Student Development at X2896 to schedule a time to meet with Dean Ailene. In person and Zoom appointments are available. Dean Ailene is always happy to hear from you!  

Mesa Integration Efforts

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has been undergoing an effort to integrate the Basic Skills Initiative, Student Equity, and Student Success & Support Program. These programs were selected as part of the integrative efforts since they have similar goals of increasing student success while closing achievement gaps; in addition to the strong potential for overlap.

Learn More About Mesa's Integration Efforts

Olympian Pathways Prototype

The Olympian Pathways Prototype (OPP) is a program prototype geared toward serving the student-athlete population at San Diego Mesa College by introducing intentional, intrusive interventions that aim to increase retention, academic success, sense of belonging, and accountability. The program aims to utilize services to address inequities in pathways by providing an integrated, proactive system of services to student-athletes.

Learn More About the OPP Program


Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Student Achievement Program

Learn More About AANHPI Student Achievement Program



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