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October 16, 2009

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October 16, 2009

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.

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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.

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

have newer equipment to work with.

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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?

2009

October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

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.

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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.

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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?

2009

October 14, 2009

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October 14, 2009

The Stride Center is a fantastic organization! As a partner, we work together with them to provide professional clothing, mock interviews and career development support to their students and are continually impressed with the quality of their training, the students and the change they inspire. Our corporate partners are always impressed after they interview the students. The staff is impressive and supportive of all of their students.

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

Working with their students. They are uniquely prepared and confident to enter the technology field!

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

The organization is set up to help their students each step of the way - from technical training to mock interviews to job placements.

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

The staff is unbelievable. I am continually impressed with their dedication, results and strong relationships with their students.

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

Open training sites across California and create partnership streams to service computers for some of the largest companies.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 9, 2009

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July 9, 2009

I've been following the growth of The Stride Center since the beginning in 1999. The social value of this organization is extensive. Changing people's lives over and over. It's been an honor to now be working for the organization I admired from a far. The good work inspires us all to keep at it every day.

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

The program really works! It changes peoples lives. It's growing and delivering in even more communities in most need for a pathway out of poverty.

Ways to make it better...

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

Align with more corporations for jobs, computer donations for refurbishment and philanthropic support to expand and help even more communities.

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

1. The results 2. The highly talented leadership 3. The dedicated instructors

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

Amazing group of committed people

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

Serve some of the most impoverished communities across the entire state of California. Create jobs! Connect thousands of people to broadband. Refurbish thousands and thousands of computers for the community.

Ways to make it better...

Supporters, there is such a needs and the message about this work needs to be known and supported.

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

Knowledge is power. Skills is confidence. Opportunity is life changing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 23, 2008

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August 23, 2008

As a supporter, I see first hand how The Stride Center helps people change their lives! It's more than just a training program or nonprofit - The Stride Center helps people with all aspects of their life, not just training or jobs. It teaches life skills, helps develop support networks for students and creates networking opportunities for professional development. And the students work so hard to achieve their goals here, it is a life-changing organization, no doubt.

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

seeing how many lives have been affected by the opportunities The Stride Center provides its students and staff.

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

great people with great intentions and initiative!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 24, 2007
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August 24, 2007
4 people found this review helpful

Street Tech was a godsend! I had gone to school to learn computer repair and networking but I couldn't find a job willing to let me flex my newly acquired skills. I would often look at job postings on the internet. Many of them were seeking potential candidates with A+ Certification. Researching the cost of getting the certification cast a doubtful outlook on my future. The price of testing is VERY expensive. I cast my plans to the side and let life take over. Life took over, indeed. Unemployed and disgruntled, I soon began walking the streets going door-to-door trying to advertise and repair for residential customers. Still trying to figure out how to get some credentials under my belt. As fate would have it, I ended up advertising to someone who referred me to an old classmate of Director Joe McKinley. This classmate told me that Joe might help me get into the market. No truer words had been spoken. Soon, I was signing up for Street Tech's A+ Certification class. Street Tech has a very clean facility. Professional staff, an obviously VERY affordable program for people who need a second chance and a formidable success rate. It's no wonder they've made it this far. I can come in and use resources at reasonable times and get a pep talk from the staff almost anytime. As far as weaknesses, Street Tech is hindered by a lack of updated resources, no access to the latest OSes like Vista, Red Hat Linux, Server 2003, etc. Many machines are kindly donated but they are not the latest as the market changes rapidly. Licensed software is also difficult and expensive to acquire. Our last class had to dig in and split the cost of valuable testing software that was needed. The cost of human resources has also taken a small toll on poor Street Tech. Although very efficient, very punctual, very professional and very knowledgeable, the staff at Street Tech cannot live on bread alone. It has been evidenced by several of my colleagues who stayed to take classes beyond our A+ certification that the quality of the teaching staff had been significantly reduced due to budget constraints. Many of my colleagues, like myself, are from all parts of the community. We are disadvantaged, low income, pregnant, on parole, and hungry. We are always looking for hope. We are looking for that brief glimpse of sunlight on the horizon. Street Tech is that light. Please endorse Street Tech and help bring more light over that horizon.

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

My self and my colleagues. We call and email each other frequently to keep each other updated and in the job market. Many of my colleagues have found jobs immediately after class and are making much more money than they were previous to the class

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

Ensure that my students had the best teachers. I would continue to make sure my staff provides support to the students and I would hustle to make sure my students have the best resources available

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

I was given a ton of information. I liked my classmates. The staff was very knowledgeable.

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

Professional, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. These are the kind of people you can invite to your house for a Christmas party and know it'll be enjoyable!

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

Whoo! It would be an outstanding success. I believe the only challenge at that point would be ensuring that the organization maintained focus and direction.

Ways to make it better...

Street tech needs more updated equipment. More updated software. Need to maintain quality staff

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

Money, teachers and equipment. Pretty much the same challenges that California public schools are facing.

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

I have experienced visiting many nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. Some are not nearly as deserving or show the same potential for pumping out excellence as Street Tech. You will see a theme in the answers I posted above. I realize that i am only 1 voice, but there is no doubt that there will be MANY more voices as Street Tech continues to evolve. Please help keep Street Tech alive!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

August 24, 2007
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August 24, 2007
3 people found this review helpful

Street tech provides students with computer training and certification as well as internships, job placemnet, and volunteer give back program.

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

my own life as well as the success of the other students.

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

the cance to learn and become sucessful in a short amount of time.

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

very helpful and easy to talk to.

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

expand the program and provide more outreach to the community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

August 24, 2007
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August 24, 2007
3 people found this review helpful

The level of education in the short time the courses takes is fabulous and you will be able to pass the certification tests. The life skills taught get you ready for not only the work place but help you improve your personal strengths and attitudes.Even down to how to interview successfully.

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

My husband's self-confidence.

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

The feeling of a supportive family that you get from the staff and students.

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

Topnotch and very positive.

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

Expand into other cities and low income areas to help provide needed techs to help fill the shortage that businesses are experiencing regularly.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

August 24, 2007
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August 24, 2007
3 people found this review helpful

as a a student of street tech i think is a great place for a person who never touched a computer the learn about computers and microsoft applications granted its hard but what in life isin't but if you make a comitment it will be a great reward a certification so give street tech a chance it worked for me and i feel great just dont get on joe's bad side or it can get real ruff.

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

graduating students and job placement

Ways to make it better...

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

record the classes for investers to look at for futre reference

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

meeting barry, norm, rachell and sheri

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

were nice and willing to help me

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

invest prior to investigation

Ways to make it better...

if joe had helped me more with my mous certification test by buying and updated sofware that was more like the test itself it would have help me pass

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

getting joe to lighten up a little and help sudents more and go that extra mile for all students.

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

isias is too high strung to be an istructor and has no real world experience

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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