Welcome to College Track Oakland

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While Oakland has emerged in recent years as a beacon of innovation and entrepreneurship, there are more children in the city living in poverty today than during the last recession.

Disparities in wealth and access to higher education hits students of color especially hard. In fact, Oakland’s achievement gap grew 11% between 2011 and 2013, at a faster rate than 80% of major U.S. cities.

Since opening in 2002, College Track Oakland has been committed to ensuring students can connect their talent, intellectual curiosity, and work ethic to the opportunities that come from completing a four-year college education. Today, we celebrate more than 400 students on the path to upward social mobility.

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A View Inside…

Steps from Jack London Square and the Oakland waterfront stands our three-story center, the second to open after College Track’s founding. Over the years, our students have added their own mark to the center to make it their own, most recently by painting a 20 foot mural with the words “United Together” across the bottom. This artwork not only represents the pride our students feel for Oakland, but also the value of young people from different backgrounds, neighborhoods, and high schools coming together under one roof to put in the hard work it takes to reach their college and career goals.

What Our Students Have Achieved

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Scholar Spotlight: Karsten, Oakland Technical High School

The beginning of high school was difficult for me. I actually had a teacher who didn’t seem to care much about me or my classmates. She had an unpleasant attitude and would sometimes lose our homework! Feeling so overlooked really harmed my grades. One day, my African American Male Achievement (AMA) teacher came to me and said “hey I know you really wanna go to college and I know you can.” He told me about College Track and even wrote me a recommendation letter.

College Track was so different than what I had imagined. I was picturing something super strict and formal, but I was immediately comfortable there. I was finally given the attention and confidence to do really great work. The staff is just so amazing, I call them “The A Team.” I connect with them as people on such a deep level, and I always know that if I come to them with a problem that I’ll get thoughtful and mature advice. I’ve never really had that before.

Right now I’m thinking I’ll go to college in the South or on the East Coast. I’m considering majoring in either contract law or political science, not sure which yet. My family just wants me to follow my dreams. So do I.

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Community Partners

We are lucky to partner with some of the Bay Area most prestigious businesses, foundations, corporations, and educational institutions, who share our desire to see Oakland students succeed in college and thrive in our modern workforce.

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Want To Learn More?

Contact our Interim Site Director, Joe Gardner at jgardner@collegetrack.org

117 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

(414) 617-6230

The center is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Bay Area Young Professionals Board

Animesh Agrawal Financial Data Analyst, Lyft

Vandana Bhairi Account Manager, Bloomberg LP

Alexandra "Lexi" Burbey Investment Banking Analyst, DBO Partners

Michelle Chan Audit Senior, Deloitte

Jake Cheng Strategic Finance, Algolia

Jenesh Dobie Senior Operations Coordinator, Cardinal Education

Tevah El Emmet Content Strategist, Facebook

Laura Falkner Clinical Development Engineer, Intuitive Surgical

Kerwin Ferrette Corporate Partnerships Sales Associate, Oakland Athletics

Easar Forghany (Co-Chair) Financial Analyst, Google

Amanda Fuji Customer Experience Supervisor, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Paola Garcia Abbo Investment Management Associate, Goldman Sachs

Lucy Liu Strategic Partnerships, Google

Sida Lu Eater Growth, UberEats

Andy Mitchell Wealth Management Professional, Goldman Sachs

David Nguyen Head of Solutions, Cognito

Shreya Tanna (Co-Chair) Customer Operations Lead, Udemy

Lisa Truong Product Manager, Deliv