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What is METS?

The Mills Educational Talent Search (METS) TRIO Program identifies and assists youth in Oakland from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides free academic, career, financial aid counseling, and college application assistance to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. METS has served the city of Oakland for the past 13 years. The METS Program received another five year award from the US Department of Education effective Sept 1, 2011.

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Target Schools

Although the METS program is open to all eligible students living in Oakland, we target six schools and our academic advisors are at each of these schools weekly to advise students:

Castlemont High School
8601 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94605
Location: College and Career Information Center (CCIC)

Coliseum College Preparatory Academy
1390 66th Ave
Oakland, CA  94621
Location: Family Resources Center

Fremont High School
4610 Foothill Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94601
Location: College and Career Information Center (CCIC)

Life Academy High School
2101 35th Ave.
Oakland, CA  94601
Location:College and Career Information Center (CCIC)

LPS Oakland
8601 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94605
Location: College Center

Oakland Technical High School
4351 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94609
Location: Main Campus College Center (Library) and FADA Main Office

Academic Services

METS provides participants with a variety of activities and workshops throughout the year to prepare students for high school and college success. Our program consists of two components: the academic year and summer program.

Academic Year Program

  • One-on-one academic advising
  • College planning
  • Workshops on the following topics: study skills, college preparation and requirements, financial aid, scholarships, career exploration and planning, goal setting (provided at the target schools or at our Monthly Seminars at Mills Campus)
  • Monthly college campus fieldtrips
  • Educational/career/cultural fieldtrips
  • SAT/ACT Preparation classes for juniors and seniors
  • Access to the College and Career Center, computer lab, and tutoring at the Mills College TRIO Program Office
  • Referrals to other community services

 Summer Program

  • Five–week Summer Enrichment Program for incoming 7th–12th graders, which includes activities such as English skills instruction, SAT preparation course, college preparation, East Bay Academy of Young Scientists (EBAYS) Science Research Institute, Everyday Role Model Mentoring Project, cultural and educational fieldtrips

The minimum commitment for a METS student is to meet with an advisor once per academic year and participate in at least one event/activity per academic year. However, students are encouraged and welcomed to actively participate throughout the year.

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Academic Year
10:00 am–6:00 pm

Contact Information
TRIO Programs
Reinhardt Hall C Wing
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
P: 510.430.2177
F: 510.430.2309
E: trio@mills.edu

Directions to TRIO Office
from Mills campus entrance

Last Updated: 4/16/14