Little More About Us...

College Start began offering highly personalized college advising / coaching to high school students and their parents in 1995.  We are located in Campbell, California.  We serve students in and around the greater bay area.  Hundreds of our young clients have gone on to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in virtually every academic discipline in universities across the nation and beyond.

Meet the Team

Diane Beitz

College  advisor/coach and co-owner of College Start.  With a background in adolescent development and education.  Diane empowers and supports students of all academic levels to achieve their goals in high school and college.

Through careful listening, planning, problem-solving, information sharing, and relationship building with students she guides all phases of college prep and admissions prep in grades 9-12.


Diane developed  and implemented academic support programs and activities for the California Department of Education and many County Offices of Education prior to joining College Start. 

She graduated from Western Washington Univeristy with a B.A. in Child/Adolecent Development

Shannon McIntosh

College admissions advisor / coach with College Start since 1997. Shannon joined our staff following five years with the California State University system, where she was an  advisor for Early Academic Planning programs designed for middle and high school students. 


Shannon advises and coaches students in grades 9-10.  She is also a writing development coach and specializes in assisting students applying for scholarships, special programs, and internships. 


Shannon graduated from  CSU Humboldt with a B.A. in Liberal Arts


Frank Beitz

CEO and co-owner of College Start since 1995. Frank manages business operations and parent services at College Start.


He is a former county director of Human Services,

Family and Children's Services, and Children's Behavioral Health programs in California, Oregon and Washington.


Frank also holds a lifetime teaching credential from California Community Colleges and taught college level classes throughout  his career. 


Frank's years of experience supporting families and adolecents is the foundation of College Start's committment to providing individualized professional services. 


Frank graduated from CSU Sacramento with B.A.'s in Psychology and Art.  He also holds an MSW.

Frank, Diane, and Shannon visit universities around the country, attend professional conferences, workshops, and events annually to stay on top of the constantly changing landscape of undergraduate and post graduate academics, career development, and economics, surrounding college and career planning.  

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