College Completion

Our vision is to dramatically increase the number of college graduates from Oakland public schools.

Our Vision is to Dramatically Increase the Number of College Graduates from Oakland Public Schools.

Oakland high school seniors enrolling in college in fall 2021 can apply for an Oakland Promise scholarship program beginning November 1, 2021.

Our Impact by the Numbers

2,100 students

Receiving OP scholarships and support

1,300 Scholars

Paired with a Mentor

88% OP Scholars

Who persisted from first year to second year of college in community college and universities

Over $16 Million

In cumulative multi-year scholarships awarded

88% persistence rates

For first-to-second year class of 2018

College Completion Partners

We collaborate with nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions, and community partners to empower our students with wrap-around services. “It takes a village to raise a child.” -African proverb

Interested in Becoming a Partner?

Find Out How To Get Involved

We need mentors, volunteers, donors, champions and partners to help us to create more impact for Oakland’s youth. Please note that the mentor recruitment season is open for the 2022 - 2023 academic year. You can make a difference in a young person's life!

The Right Advising Program for You

College Completion equips students with social and emotional support through mentoring, peer advising, counseling, and retreats. Oakland Promise's holistic programming is designed to create a culture of career and college preparedness in students, families, and educators.

Opt-in Mentoring

As an OP Scholar, one of the many resources you have access to in our program is the option to receive Mentoring services. We believe Mentoring can provide very helpful support for student success in college when the relationship is built properly. Life after high school can be can be challenging.

Through the ups and downs it’s helpful to have a Mentor in your corner who listens to you and encourages you throughout your post-secondary journey, be it working towards your CTE, AA or Bachelor’s degree.

  If you are interested in making a difference in a young person’s life by Mentoring a college student, fill out the Interest Form today!


CREWS provides an on-site or online peer support system for freshmen to address the challenges of adjusting to college life. In this program, CREWS leaders/current students who share similar life experiences mentor Oakland Promise freshmen.  Through CREWS, students will be exposed to resources for financial aid, tutoring services, health and recreation, internships, and so much more.

Why is CREWS Important?
As a freshman, experiencing a new environment, making new friends, being away from home, studying, changing your habits, the list goes on–it’s hard.  A whole new adjustment to life can be extremely difficult, but by finding a group that supports you may help you in your transition to college.


Reboot is a college re-entry program that was created with the intent of assisting Oakland Promise Scholars in finishing their four-year degree.  The program proactively engages with your self-determination and supports you to strive towards continuous learning. You qualified if you meet at least 1 of the following criteria:

  • Dropped out of college
  • Been academically dismissed
  • Took a leave of absence, that exceeded their original plan
  • Were expelled from their university
  • Took a medical related leave of over a year

Reboot supports a plethora of pathways for you to complete your desired educational outcome: the options are, post-secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE), Associates of Arts (AA) with or without transfer to 4-year school and transfer to a 4-year school without an AA degree.  We DO NOT support for-profit institutions.

College Completion Team

Sandra Ernst

Senior Director, College Access and College Completion

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Team Directory

Here are the members for our College Completion Team

Damani Wilson

Manager, College Completion

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Daniel Russell Cheung

Coordinator, College Completion

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Harmela Beyene

Associate Manager, College Completion

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Isabela Pante

Associate Manager, College Completion

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Jamie So

Coordinator, College Completion

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Jenny Cortez

Associate, College Completion

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Jeremy McCants

Advising Coordinator, College Completion

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Jessica Vazquez

Coordinator, College Completion

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Jonathan Coelho

Program Associate, College Completion

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Lucina Parada

Coordinator, College Completion

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Marcelo Duran Avalos

Senior Manager, College Completion

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Melissa Elizalde

Program Associate, College Completion

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Monique Recoder

Senior Manager, College Completion

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College Completion Partnerships

Here are the team members for partnerships

Linda Nguyen

Educational Partnership Manager, College Completion

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Scholar Docs

Scholars are offered Oakland Promise services and scholarships for up to 6 years from their first Semester or Quarter of enrollment in a post-secondary institution (college, university, or Certificate of Technical Education/CTE). If you DO NOT submit Scholar Docs, you will be forfeiting your scholarship for the current academic term. However, those funds will continue to be available within 6 years of being awarded.

Scholar Docs are submitted Semesterly or Quarterly. The required Docs are:

  • Class Schedule
  • Unofficial Transcript/Grades
  • First Year Survey or End of Term Survey
  • Financial Award Letter
  • Any other Doc instructed by the Advising Team

Resources for Alumni

The Oakland Promise Alumni network is open to all former OP graduate Scholars. The Alumni network focuses on providing career and educational resources, events and news to Scholars.

  • Newsletter
  • Oakland Promise Linkedin Group

Job Opportunities

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“I learned really interesting and cool things about my mentor that make me value and admire her. It made me more excited and I am looking forward to spending time with my mentor. Talking with my mentor about our interests and how we behave with friends and family made me feel closer and excited about the next 4 years."

Oakland Promise Scholar

“This scholarship has provided me with so many resources. First, I appreciate that I have an advisor who helps me with college struggles. For example, deciding if I should switch my major. Also, it has helped me a lot financially and I've been learning to carefully budget my money.”

Oakland Promise Scholar

"I will change the history of college experience in my family and finish strong, no excuses. My drive is deep …being successful means stepping outside the box & challenging myself"


Oakland Promise Scholar

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Reach Out to the College Completion Team

Thank you for visiting the College Completion Team page, if you have any questions, concerns or comments please do not hesitate to reach out. Our Oakland Promise Advisors will follow up with you