OUSD College Access Partners

OUSD has partnered with several college support services that are operated and funded outside of the district. These programs provide a team of advisers who work directly with Oakland Tech students. Some advisers can support all students while others work with a designated cohort of students who apply to their program. Ideally, students apply to join a college access partner program in 9th grade.


UC Berkeley Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) and Destination College Advising Corps (DCAC)

Both EAOP and DCAC are committed to increasing access to higher education for underserved students and families which can include those who are low-income, first-generation going to college, or whose primary language is not English. Both EAOP and DCAC provide cohort academic advising and course planning; college and financial aid info; scholarship application assistance; and free SAT preparation. They also coordinate Pre-College Academy and free summer courses at UC Berkeley. Learn more at: http://dcac.berkeley.edu and https://eaop.berkeley.edu.

Ms. Viviana Zetina
College Adviser, UC Berkeley Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)
Email: vzetina@berkeley.edu
Mobile: 510-541-4148

In addition to working with her EAOP cohort, supports Oakland Tech with parent events, college information presentations, and CCC drop-in hours.

Available by appointment:


UC Berkeley TRIO Programs: Talent Search and Upward Bound

UC Berkeley’s Pre-College TRIO Program provides intensive motivational counseling and tutoring aimed to support OUSD high school students. The Talent Search Program at UC Berkeley primarily serves students in seven public high schools in OUSD and WCCSD and focuses on underserved students and families which can include those who are low-income, first-generation going to college, or whose primary language is not English.
Learn more at http://pctrio.berkeley.edu.

Mr. Ron Marshall
College Adviser, UC Berkeley Trio Program — Talent Search
Email: ronron@berkeley.edu
Mobile: 510-725-5002

In addition to working with his TRIO Talent Search cohort, Mr. Ron supports Oakland Tech with parent events, college. Contact Mr. Ron to apply to the UC Berkeley TRIO – Talent Search program.

Zoom office hours (for students):

  • Tuesday, Thursday; 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Available by appointment:

  • Monday – Thursday; 1 – 4 p.m. Contact Mr. Ron to schedule.
Ms. Iris Quach
College Adviser Assistant, UC Berkeley Trio Program — Talent Search
Email: irisquach@berkeley.edu
Mobile: 510-610-7058

Ms. Quach assists Mr. Ron with the TRIO Talent Search cohort at Oakland Tech. Contact Mr. Ron Marshall (above) to apply to the UC Berkeley TRIO – Talent Search program.

Available by appointment:

  • Tuesday, Thursday; 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Available by Appointment:

  • Contact Ms. Iris to schedule.
Ms. Hazel Amina
College Adviser/Interim Director, UC Berkeley Trio Program — Upward Bound
Email: puanani@berkeley.edu
Mobile: 510-289-9375

Ms. Amina works with designated student cohort. Contact Ms. Hazel to apply the UC Berkeley TRIO — Upward Bound program.

Available by appointment:

  • Tuesday, Thursday; 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Available by appointment:

  • Monday – Friday; 3 – 6 p.m. Contact Ms. Hazel to schedule.

Mills TRIO Programs: Upward Bound and Mills Educational Talent Search (METS)

The mission of the Mills College TRIO Programs is to prepare Oakland students to be academically and emotionally successful throughout their high school careers in order to
graduate successfully from college. Both programs work with students with disadvantaged
backgrounds on academic, career, financial aid counseling, and college application assistance. The program offers monthly college campus field trips and an intense summer program at Mills College. Learn more at https://inside.mills.edu/academic-resources/grants-special-programs/trio.

Ms. Lynna Din
College Advising Program Coordinator, Mills Educational Talent Search (METS)
Email: Ldin@mills.edu
Mobile: 510-430-3320

Ms. Lynna works with designated student cohort. Contact Ms. Lynna to apply to the Mills Educational Talent Search program.

Zoom office hours (for students):

  • Tuesday; 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Available by appointment:

  • Email Ms. Lynna to schedule.
Ms. Magi Brizuela
College Adviser, Mills College Upward Bound
Email: mbrizuela@mills.edu

Ms. Magi works with designated student cohort. Contact Ms. Magi to apply to the Mills College Upward Bound program.

Available by appointment:

  • Email Ms. Magi to schedule.

uAspire Bay Area

uAspire is a nonprofit organization working to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to and through college. uAspire focuses on college affordability and removing financial barriers so that every student has an equitable opportunity to graduate from college and succeed in life. Learn more at: https://www.uaspire.org.

Ms. Tanya Enriquez
College Affordability Adviser, uAspire
Email: tanyae@uaspire.org
Mobile: 415-460-7746

Ms. Tanya works with 11th- and 12th-grade students from multiple Oakland schools to identify affordable college options, complete financial aid applications (FAFSA, CSS Profile, CA Dream Act), identify scholarship opportunities, and review financial aid award letters.

Available by appointment:

  • Monday – Thursday; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Text or email Ms. Tanya the student’s first/last name, grade level, and school to receive advising services.

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