Stride Center Graduates Look Forward to Tech Jobs

Stride Center graduates

While the Bay Area employment market that remains dismal for many job seekers, graduates of the Stride Center are optimistic about future their prospects for finding work.
The Stride Center on Dec. 16 celebrated the largest graduating class in its 10-year history with over 200 graduates at training sites around the Bay Area, including two in Oakland.
“The information technology field offers the promise of good pay, sought-after credentials, career mobility and jobs in every sector of the economy,” said Stride’s executive director Barrie Hathaway.
The center provides training and career preparation that enables graduates to begin successful careers in the information technology field.
“Stride Center graduates are prepared to outshine the competition with excellent technical, professional and job attainment skills,” said David Glover, executive director of OCCUR and long standing partner and host to Stride Center training in East Oakland at the Eastmont Technology Center.
The types of jobs in demand in the Bay Area vary widely, said Liz Pasch, branch manager at the Pleasanton office of Robert Half International, an employment firm. In the technology field, the “really hot” jobs are in network administration, desktop support, and software development, she said.
Stride Center graduates go on to find work in various technical support positions at companies like Hitachi Data Systems, Chevron, Clorox and Kaiser.
Curtis Taylor, a graduate of the program, was seeking to develop skills to be successful in the IT field. He had work experience but no technical skills.  After six months of training and earning his A+ PC Technician certification, he landed his first IT position in the Alameda County IT department.
“I am very happy that I came to the Stride Center and got my certification,” he said. “If it weren’t for the Stride Center, I wouldn’t have gotten the job that I have now.”
A non-profit organization, the center has been training individuals from around the Bay Area since 1999, providing industry recognized technical certifications, professional development skills, and life skills.
The Stride Center is currently enrolling students in training programs that begin on Jan. 17 in all locations.  For more information, call (510) 234-1300, or go to www.stridecenter.org.