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The Stride Center

Rating: 4.65 stars   17 reviews 4,552


1212 Broadway Street Suite 400 Oakland CA 94122 USA


The Stride Center''s (formerly Street Tech) vision is that all men and women in our community, regardless of barriers to success will achieve economic self-sufficiency through prosperous, vibrant, meaningful careers. As an innovative social enterprise our mission is to empower men and women facing barriers to employment to achieve economic self-sufficiency. The Stride Center provides a comprehensive career development program that includes job skills training, credentials, career coaching, work experience and job placement assistance.


Over 1,000 individuals enrolled, with an over 80% program retention rate. Current job placement rate is well over 80% of job ready program graduates. The Stride Center is the winner of the California Governor’s 2002 Technology Innovation Award and the CompTIA Workforce Development Excellence Award. We are refurbishing hundreds of computers a year.

Target demographics:

The students who enroll at The Stride Center are 75% unemployed, 29% have a criminal record, 21% working poor, 21% single parent, 6% disabled, 4% homeless and 4% history with substance abuse, 60% African American, 20% Latino, 20% Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander, average age is 32, 70% male and 30% female. The income level is 84% extremely low, 11% very low and 5% low.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Over 1000 students trained, hundreds of computers refurbished and provided to nonprofits, schools, and individuals.

Geographic areas served:

San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento


A comprehensive career training program including technical, life, career and professional skills development, job placement services and work experience at our social venture business, ReliaTech.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The Stride Center is filled with people who care about their students. At Stride they offer industry recognized certificates in ICT. The Stride Center will help you transform your life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Please review the link before riding my story...


My name is Marcela. I worked in my country as teacher and secretary. I started working in this country cleaning houses for a very low rate. I got a business certification that was not enough... I was very depress then I found the Stride Center. I had to wake up at 3 am for homework. Go to school. Continue cleaning houses... The Stride Center changed my life and impacted extraordinarily positive my family. After my first A+ certification I was scared about start working in the IT field. They offered me just a volunteer position. Then they proposed me a 3 months internship that became a year internship. Then they "pushed me" to start working as contact center agent...I was scared again because to provide technical support over the phone scarred me more than any thing in my life!...Then they assigned me the Contact Center billing department....I got my last certification as CCNA. Then they proposed me the enrollment associate position.... after six months I am the Enrollment Manager at the Stride Center. According that old video interview... I was thinking that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I discovered that my passion always had been to provide support to the ones that most need it. Today I consider the Stride Center as my own business that allows me support others to brake their own barriers as I was helped, and make them success and been self sufficient. Thank you Stride Center!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Stride Center truly helps lift people out of what they believed their destiny to be and moves them into a life of hope and possibility. The technical training paired with the soft skills learning turns out a knowledgeable, engaged employee that any company would be proud to have on their team.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Stride Center is a place for second chances and new beginnings.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The more you learn the more you earn
Read and read, watch you succeed
In Stride Center believe!
Certifications and financial mobility you will achieve
It will get hard and complicated, but don’t worry at Stride Center we got your back like we we’re related
The best tool is to stay motivated
Always remember what brought you here
Don’t let the odds turn into fear!!!!

Estrada Jannette
Enrollment Associate.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Stride Center is an excellent organization. They are truly passionate about helping the under served develop opportunities to live a self-sustaining lifestyle. They truly care .

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Rating: 4 stars  

The Stride Center is passionate about their mission.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Incredible impact on low income and underserved communities. They really do get people jobs and help to secure a future in IT.

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My experience at stride center has been great i've been learning a lot and the instructor Mr. Trudeau is a great instructor. He knows the material in the book. I recommend this to people that are looking for IT training for a good reasonable price.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hopefully getting my A+ certification and i've already started using everything i've learned to do side jobs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have newer equipment to work with.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The staff is really friendly and they try to encourage you to complete your courses.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Nice, friendly and motivating.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Be big in training and teaching a whole lot more people to become successful.

Ways to make it better...

If they had better newer equipment and more room for the classes to take place.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting people to stay in the courses without getting discouraged.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Time flies so if your looking to get certified in the IT business stride center is a great place to do this at.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have made at least a half dozen referrals to Stride for students in need of vocational training. I am familiar with many other training programs and each one has it's own nitch.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Four of six adult student referrals enrolled and completed Stride training. All four became employed in their chosen field. Pretty amazing considering how poorly the economy has been performing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Stride is a professional organization. Staff and instructors are great role models and teach the students how to behave as professionals. Both skill sets and attitudes are developed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


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