November 1, 2007

Students receive flash drive for completing entrance exam academy

Thirty Sacramento area students who took part in a six-week college entrance exam preparatory academy for financially disadvantaged students will receive a little extra homework at the completion of the program, Friday, Nov. 6. Each student will receive a free 1-gigabyte flash drive containing a take-home study guide and additional preparatory work to help them continue to prepare for college.

The academy, sponsored by the Sacramento State/UC Davis Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program, began Sept. 28. Students received help in preparing for the PSAT, ACT, SAT I, SAT II and university-level English and math college entrance exams.

“Commercial preparatory programs are cost prohibitive for many of our students,” says Jean Crowder, director of the center. “This course helps narrow the academic achievement gap that exists for many disadvantaged students by giving them valuable classroom instruction and the opportunity to take the coursework home to work on their own with a sleek, compact and top-of-the-line technology tool.”

Students will receive the flash drives, provided by Intel Corp., during a training session at 6:30 p.m., in Riverside Hall, Room 1012.

MESA provides academic support to financially disadvantaged students in elementary, middle and high schools and helps prepare them for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers and admission to four-year colleges and universities.

For more information on the MESA program, contact (916) 278-4575. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.