College Access Services

School-Based Advising takes Equity Approach to College Access

East Bay College Fund's Eric Guico counsels a student at a college fair.

East Bay College Fund’s Eric Guico counsels a student at a college fair.

Based at Castlemont and Oakland Tech High Schools, under-performing schools with graduation rates below state averages, East Bay College Fund provides on-site college advising services. Using our unique “equity approach” we are creating a college-going culture on these campus so that all students – regardless of race, economic or academic background – are expected to advance to a higher education.  We provide:

  • School wide motivational and engagement activities
  • Monthly workshops in grades 9-12 teaching students to make smart educational choices that lead to higher education, for example, A-G class selection, tutoring programs, and summer academic intensives.
  • Individual college advising to seniors and their parents at the College/Career Centers providing help in SAT prep, college selection, FAFSA completion, and applications for college, scholarship and financial aid. Having a full-time on-site presence has engendered support from school administration creating additional outreach success.
  • Financial Literacy Workshops to empower high school students to understand their own personal finances, financial decision making and how to plan for college expenses.