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    Pizzeria Zanna Bianca will be coming to Jack London Square in Oakland next year.

     Oakland high school students will get more help with their  homework after a tutoring center unveils a new, bigger location this evening  at Jack London Square.

    College Track, an Oakland-based nonprofit that has operated since  1997, helps disadvantaged high school students attend a California State  University or University of California school.

    The program's new center, located at 117 Broadway, will be  unveiled at 5 p.m. today. The nonprofit says it can now tutor as many as 200  students, up from its former capacity of 175.

    "We outgrew our old center," College Track spokeswoman Julienne  Oyler said.

    The old center, at 14th Street and Broadway, was 7,000 square feet  and the new one is 8,500, Oyler said.

    She said the larger center also means the organization can  accommodate a greater number of volunteer tutors.

    "We have many more volunteer opportunities to get involved with  our students," she said.

    Students participating in College Track are given help with their  schoolwork and information about university financial aid and admissions  processes.

    The aim is for 100 percent of students to qualify at California  State University schools, and 70 percent to qualify at University of  California schools.

     "For those students who are first in their families to go to  college, they don't always have the know-how to navigate the application  process," Oyler said.

     Tonight's event will feature speakers including a College Track  alumnus who is now a sophomore at University of California at Berkeley, and a  dean at the university.

    College Track also has centers in East Palo Alto, San Francisco  and New Orleans.

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