Spring Training: Oakland, CA


The Oakland Spring Training event will take place April 18 at the following location: 

Mills College
Lokey School of Business and Public Policy
5000 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94613 

Complimentary parking is available on campus. Click here to view the campus map.


NCAN members receive complimentary registration to this event. Non-members are welcome to attend for $50. Online registration is now closed. Please contact Tong Lee to be added to the wait list.  

Not a member of NCAN? Save $50 per person by joining NCAN today, and everyone in your organization can attend this event at no additional charge! 

You must have an NCAN account to register for the event. After clicking the "Registration" link above you will be directed to the Registration Page. After clicking the "Register Now" button on that page, you will be directed to Log In. If you don’t have an account, click "Create Account." 

For a full refund, cancellations must be received one week prior to the event. Please contact Tong Lee at leet@collegeaccess.org for questions about transferring or cancelling you registration.


NCAN does not have a designated hotel for this one-day event, but you can click here for information on local accommodations in close proximity to Mills College.


Below is a draft agenda for April 18: 

8 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Registration 
8:30 – 9 a.m. Introduction and Setting the Stage
9 – 10:15 a.m.

Major Influence: How Do Americans Decide What to Study in Postsecondary Education?

This segment will include an in-depth presentation and discussion and Strada Education Network and Gallup's Education Consumer Pulse report Major Influence. This presentation will focus on the findings from this report as well as implications for effective postsecondary advising for our students.

Presenter: Stephanie Marken, Chief Methodologist, Gallup 

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Panel: Employers Supporting the Talent Pipeline

David Silver, Director of Education for the Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf

Preston Thomas, High School Network Superintendent and Executive Director of College and Career Readiness at Oakland Unified School District

Dr. Jowel Laguerre, Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District

Emiliano Sanchez, Director of Career Tech Trades & Apprenticeships, Office of Postsecondary Education, OUSD

Andrea Gooden, Director, Community and Employee Engagement

Facilitator: Monica Montenegro, Executive Director, East Bay Consortium/ Cal-SOAP

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Networking Lunch
12:45 – 3 p.m.

Advising for Postsecondary Fit and Match

NCAN member Students Rising Above will present on how to approach the college fit/match conversation through the lens of a career development framework. Co-presenter will include a representative from NCAN member the East Bay Consortium.


Vanessa Barbic, Associate Director of Online Programs, Students Rising Above;

Yanira Velazquez, Program Coordinator, East Bay Consortium/ Cal-SOAP

3 – 3:15 p.m. Closing and Adjourn