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ThinkTank Learning is a forward-thinking educational development company headquartered in San Jose, California, with a focused on education and college consulting. The company was founded in 2002 by three U.C. Berkeley graduates who had grown tired of the traditional approach to education. Steven Ma, current ThinkTank Learning President and a former high school math teacher recalls, “We thought students were being short-changed by the educational system – students were bored, their demands weren’t being met, and they were not achieving what we knew they could.”

ThinkTank Learning grew quickly, from a small, 100-square-foot office to a free-standing building in Cupertino within the span of a year. The services offered grew as well. Classes were the primary focus of the program, but the demand for SAT preparation and tutoring began to flow in. ThinkTank Learning met the demand by developing the approach of “Anything, Anytime, Anywhere,” and implemented their in-home tutoring program. Soon, the SAT prep program was expanded, and other centers were developed throughout the Bay Area.

Shortly thereafter, one of the largest additions to the ThinkTank Learning curriculum was made: the college consulting program. PCAP, short for Premium College Admission Package, was developed in order to meet the demand for assistance with college admissions. The first year started off with a rather small cohort of students, but, in true ThinkTank Learning fashion, it grew at a rapid pace. Parents and students alike, recognizing both the cutthroat competition in college admissions as well as the success rate of PCAP, soon began to turn to the program in droves in order to learn how to best tackle the college application.

In order to provide educational information to the widest audience, ThinkTank Learning developed ThinkTank Education Media. The media outlets broach matters of education, health, finance, and law, and the magazine has a readership of approximately 15,000. Distributed in supermarkets, convenience stores, and various outlets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The journal is free of charge.

ThinkTank Learning has consistently increased its presence in the Bay Area, having opened learning centers in Fremont, San Ramon, Millbrae, San Francisco, Pleasanton, and Palo Alto. There are also offices in China – Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. ThinkTank Learning will bring itself further onto the world’s stage, as several national and international projects will come to fruition.

Historical Timeline

2016
  • July
  • Grand Opening
    • Pleasanton North Center
  • February
  • ThinkTank Learning is Officially WASC Accredited.
2015
  • November
  • CBS Feature on ThinkTank Learning’s Guaranteed Premium College Admission Program (GPCAP)
  • September
  • Bloomberg Businessweek Feature on ThinkTank Learning’s Guaranteed Premium College Admission Program (GPCAP)
  • June
  • Grand Opening
    • San Mateo Center Relocation
  • May
  • Grand Opening
    • Palo Alto North Center Relocation
  • March
  • Grand Opening
    • Fremont Center Extension
  • February
  • Grand Opening
    • San Francisco Taraval Center Extension
2014
  • August
  • AsianWeek feature on ThinkTank Learnings’s $10,000 Donation to Hep B Free
  • June
  • Grand Opening
    • Millbrae Center Extension
    • Palo Alto North Center
2013
  • October
  • Grand Opening
    • San Ramon Center (1)
    • San Ramon Center (2)
  • September
  • Grand Opening
    • San Jose Almaden Center
  • Steven Ma was appointed to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs
  • May
  • Grand Opening
    • San Jose – Evergreen Center
    • San Mateo – North Center
    • San Francisco – Irving Street Center
  • January
  • NBC feature on ThinkTank Learning’s Consultant Team
2012
  • October
  • CBS Feature on ThinkTank Learning’s Guaranteed Premium College Admission Program (GPCAP)
  • July
  • Grand Opening
    • Palo Alto Center
  • June
  • Grand Opening
    • Pleasanton Center
  • May
  • Feature article in “The New York Times” on ThinkTank Learning’s success
2011
  • June
  • Grand Opening
    • San Francisco – Taraval Street Center
    • Beijing Headquarters (China)
  • May
  • Grand Opening
    • Millbrae Center
2010
  • May
  • Grand Opening
    • Shenzhen Center (China)
2009
  • July
  • Grand Opening
    • San Mateo – South Center
2005
  • March
  • Grand Opening
    • Fremont Center
2003
  • October
  • Grand Opening
    • Cupertino Center
  • Founding of ThinkTank Learning
2002