I am so thankful to have been apart of this great organization and to have around so many wonderful people who really care about the fellow man and woman. If any organization is deserving of praise it is this one because they have succeed time and time again at giving hope to the hopeless. My story is not really any different from all the others who have has the opportunity to meet the lovely staff and owner of this organization, but I can say that I have never met any person/persons that sacrifice so much for the empowerment of others. I thank you The Stride Center for its many sacrifices to help me better myself and show my fellowman the same.
My favorite story about a Stride graduate is about "Brian." Only 20 when he found Stride, Brian had really struggled in his short life. Always different, Brian was bullied and harassed in school to the extent that he attended a continuation High School, which he ultimately dropped out of. Instead, Brian earned his GED right after dropping out, and then he languished. In fact, he rarely left home. After years of this and at her wits end, his mother suggested Brian look into The Stride Center. He was very good with computers -- one of the few things that really excited him. With no shortage of anxiety, Brian took the leap and enrolled at Stride. He proved to be an excellent student and was quickly noticed by his instructors and the Stride team. Before graduating from his first class, Brian was offered a job at Stride's social enterprise call center, where he became the most productive and highest achieving agent on the team. Not surprisingly, Brian very quickly was offered a position at UCSF as a desktop technician... where he thrived. After one year there, three different UCSF departments offered Brian a full-time permanent job because he had earned the reputation of being smart, effective and very good with clients. Today, Brian is earning nearly $70K/year, is only considered "different" in positive ways and he's gone from home-bound to saving to become a home-owner. Great job Brian! Great job Stride!
The stride center was a gift. A blessing for me. I was going through a hard time and it helped me gain self confidence and helped me feel like I can accomplish even difficult material. The staff and students were extremely supportive and went above and beyond the call of duty to help me better myself. Great experience! Thank you Stride.
I came to the Stride Center after dropping out of college, moving back in with my Mom, and working retail and customer service.
I would not say I was desperate but was driven to succeed where I had failed so many times before.
After taking the CompTIA A+ course and passing the certification exams, the employment office helped me get an interview with Contra Costa County Health Services. I then got myself the job as a student worker, working on the phone and field teams. I was able to practice and hone all the skills I had learned in class on real hardware at an enterprise-level of scale.
During my tenure at County, I was instructed to take another course to keep my job. I took Network+, through the Stride Center. It was at my CompTIA Network+ course that I fell in love with the idea of networking and became passionate enough to go for the six-month Saturday-only CCNA Routing and Switching course.
My scholarship did not cover the CCNA course. So I went to Eastbay Works to figure out how to go through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act to get the government to pay for this advanced course. They did, and not only that. I also received Unemployment while in the class.
Now you might think that one class a week while getting paid for it is almost like charity. Don't get me wrong, I am so, so grateful for the opportunity. But the class was very intense, and I felt I needed all week to study two college sized chapters a week.
So having taken the course and passed the certification exams, I am now a CCNA. This kind of cert leads to jobs such as Network Administration or Network Engineer. And these positions can be paid as much as $85k/year.
This is why I joined the Stride Center; this is what they do. They help us pull ourselves out of poverty, out of our Moms' houses and into the world where, through our hard work, we become citizens, real people, a force for good in our lives.
There are not enough words to describe all that the Stride Center does and has done for me. There is not a way I could ever pay back entirely what they have put into me. They tell me, one of the best ways to give back is to be an example. So that's what I'm trying to do.
My name is Ephrem Battisa ; OMG I don't have a word to say thankyou! Stridecenter help me and a lot of my friends in order to get skills on IT . So that we can compete at the job market.
Thank you all Stride Staff members and instructors. All of them are so intellegent and polite. Keep it up!
My name is Lester Ellis and I have had the pleasure of working closely with the Stride Center's Executive Director, Barrie Hathaway, in my capacity as founder of the Strive for Change Foundation. I know Barrie to be one of the most committed non-profit directors I have had the privilege to meet and work with. The Board of Directors of Strive for Change makes grants to non-profit training programs for low income and unemployed men and women in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Each program undergoes an extensive evaluation before a grant is awarded. The Stride Center has passed our scrutiny every year since we first made contact and has won larger and larger grants. We admire Barrie's hard work and the commitment of the hard working people who enter the program and graduate with skills that will enable them to earn a living wage for themselves and their families.
The Stride Center is helping adults who have barriers to employment and economic stability. There is no social program in this country that is as important as a good job that pays well, that gives someone an opportunity to go to work, have some security, have benefits, and take care of their family and have a good life. This is what The Stride Center is all about.
My name is Dennis Rojas and I am the Career Center Coordinator for the San Pablo America Job Center. We work closely with the Stride Center to ensure that individuals in our community are provided the training they need to be self-sufficient. The Stride Center provides this training. In addition, the Stride Center also gives back. We hosted a Career Fair at Contra Costa Community College, and the stride center provided us with a laptop and printer as raffle prize for the job seekers.
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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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!