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CASA/MECA

casa-meca_luau_hulaWelcome to the Center for Academic Support and Achievement (CASA) and the Center for Multi-Ethnic and Cultural Affairs (MECA)! We are located on the 1st floor of the Student Union, Bldg. 11.

CASA

The Center for Academic Support and Achievement (CASA) is a U.S. Department of Education funded program for TCC students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, who qualify as one or more of the following:

  • A first-generation college student (neither parent has earned a four-year college degree)
  • Financially limited, according to federal standards
  • Have a disability that impacts educational progress

CASA applicants are highly motivated to graduate from TCC and transfer to a four-year college or university, but have not completed an associate or bachelor's degree. Students who qualify under CASA guidelines are eligible for services that include:

  • Academic advising 
  • Advocacy within the college system 
  • Career exploration services 
  • College skills workshops
  • Instructional lab including tutoring & computers
  • Comprehensive needs assessments resulting in individual educational plans 
  • Resource referral for students with disabilities 
  • Financial aid advising 
  • Mentoring 
  • Personal development advising 
  • Scholarship search assistance 
  • Transfer services, including transfer advising and college tours 

How to enroll:  Stop by our office on the first floor of Bldg. 11 to pick up program materials and fill out an application, or call 253.566.5025. We are happy to send you an application. You can also access and print out the application here.

CASA is located on the first floor of the Student Center, Bldg. 11.
Stop by and see us, or contact us by phone: 253.566.5025.

CASA Staff Directory

MECA

The Center for Multi-Ethnic and Cultural Affairs (MECA) offers programs and support services designed to ease the transition to college for incoming students of color. MECA provides programs to help students with diverse learning styles and backgrounds develop college-level learning strategies that promote academic persistence, success and timely graduation. Our goal is also to help increase awareness of the diversity issues and educational opportunities available at TCC.

Programs & Services:

  • Advising/educational planning
  • Financial Aid advising & scholarship research
  • Transfer advising & resources
  • Instructional lab including tutoring & computers
  • Emergency book loans
  • Peer monitoring
  • Advocacy
  • Campus and community resource information
  • Student leadership development
  • Cultural events & activities

How to Enroll: Stop by our office on the first floor of Bldg. 11 to pick up and fill out an application, or call 253.566.5025. Our email address is meca@tacomacc.edu. You can also download a MECA Intake Sheet here and bring it to the CASA/MECA Center.

MECA Staff Directory

The clubs and organizations CASA/MECA sponsors include:

  • NASU (Native American Student Union)
  • TCC’s Men’s Group
  • TCC’s Women’s Group
  • Veterans Club
  • PIC (Pacific Islanders Club)
  • Club AFRIK
  • CSO (CASA Student Organization)
  • BSU (Black Student Union).
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