A great way to ensure your place in the job market and earn a higher salary is to earn advanced technical certifications! There is plenty of room for Stride graduates to enroll from any location, even those in Sacramento!
The Stride Center
The Stride Center is a non profit social venture working to empower economic self-sufficiency for individuals and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are harnessing the power of technology and the digital economy to help men, women and families on the road to self-sufficiency and independence.
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We are enrolling for the following courses:
MICROSOFT CERTIFIED TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST
Organization/Company: Microsoft Certification: Microsoft Certification: MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) Required Exams: (1) Exam 1: MCTS: Windows 7 – Configuration Exam: 70-680 Class Hours: Hybrid Online / in class Class Dates: March 31, 2012 – June 20, 2012 Mandatory Orientation Saturday, March 31, 2012, 1pm-4pm Mandatory Class meeting dates – TBA
The MCTS Course is designed for individuals who are seeking an IT position in Desktop Support. By earning this certification, you can prove your ability to successfully implement, build on, troubleshoot, and debug Windows 7 Operating Systems. The MCTS is a Microsoft Certification which is recognized worldwide.
Scope of Course: Lecture (40%) Labs (50%) Test Preparation (10%)
Measured Skills: This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. Installing, Upgrading & Migrating to Windows 7 (14%) Deploying Windows (13%) Configuring Hardware & Applications (14%) Configuring Network Connectivity (14%) Configuring Access to Resources (13%) Configuring Mobile Computing (10%) Monitoring & Maintaining Systems that run W7 (11%) Configuring Backup & Recovery Options (11%) Total Course Skills (100%)
The MCTS Course will be held at The Stride Center Broadway Headquarters in Downtown Oakland. This course may be tech-enhanced which means that portion of the work load may be online. Students will be required and expected to conduct some lab work outside the outlined class hours. Open lab hours will be announced in class.
Organization/Company: CompTiA Certification: Server+ Required Exams: 1 Exam: SK0-003 Class Hours: Hybrid Online / in class Class Dates: March 31, 2012 – June 20, 2012
Mandatory Orientation: Saturday March 31, 2012, 10:00am – 12:00pm Mandatory Class meeting dates – TBA
This test will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to build, maintain, troubleshoot and support server hardware and software technologies. The successful candidate will be able to identify environmental issues; understand and comply with disaster recovery and physical / software security procedures; be familiar with industry terminology and concepts; understand server roles / specializations and interaction within the overall computing environment.
Scope of Course: Online and in Person Attendance (10%) Labs/Projects (20%) Quizzes (20%) Threaded Participation (15%) Test Preparation (10%) Final Exam (25%)
Measured Skills: This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. System Hardware (21%) Software (19%) Storage (14%) IT Environment (11%) Disaster Recovery (11%) Troubleshooting (24%) Total Course Work (100%)
The Server + Course will be offered as a hybrid / Online course. Those who complete the course are expected to take and pass the SK0-003 industry certification exam which is recognized industry wide as well as worldwide as an industry neutral certificate.
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Stride Center Adds New Board Member – Ms. Soumya Korde
“We are fortunate to continue to add to our Board those members who can contribute to the vision, the mission and the growth of our many endeavors. Near the end of 2011 we shared with you that we added Ms. Williams and Mr. Nordlinger. We welcome another addition with Ms. Korde coming onboard who brings her unique expertise and contributions,” shared Barrie Hathaway, Executive Director of The Stride Center.
The Stride Center extends a warm welcome to Soumya Korde. Ms.Korde is currently a consultant with The Bridgespan Group in San Francisco. Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. Bridgespan collaborates with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning. Ms. Korde has worked on a range of engagements spanning education, community improvement, cross-sector collaboration, and public health. Ms. Korde supports clients in many aspects of their work including strategic clarity, program design, organizational redesign, and implementation. She is also involved in advancing Bridgespan’s research on how an organization can develop a robust pipeline of emerging leaders to fill senior leadership roles. Prior to Bridgespan, Soumya was a manager in Morgan Stanley’s business improvement group where she assisted business units across the firm scale and grow effectively. Ms. Korde has a BS in International Political Economy from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where she was President of the Net Impact Chapter.
The Stride Center Joins Ten Partners to Open SparkPoint Center in Bay Point in East Contra Costa County
The Stride Center joined with the leadership of the United Way of the Bay Area and the Contra Costa Employment and Human Services (CCEHS) division to celebrate Halloween day at an event to announce the grand opening of SparkPoint East Contra Costa in Bay Point. The CCEHS Department has invested $200,000 in the new center and leads its day-to-day operations at the Ambrose Community Center. SparkPoint Centers are one-stop, financial-education centers that offer a full range of services to help families and individuals get out of poverty and achieve long-term financial stability. The new center in Bay Point is one of eight SparkPoints that United Way and its partners have opened in the Bay Area over the last three years.
"The Stride Center is at its best when we work in collaboration with key partners to help people achieve financial stability. This SparkPoint offers a full range of services under one roof to fight poverty in each local community. We are excited to bring our considerable and thoughtful skills and processes to this effort," said Barrie Hathaway, Executive Director of The Stride Center.
SparkPoint East Contra Costa brings together the following partners to serve clients: Bay Area Legal Aid, Brighter Beginnings, Center for Human Development, Contra Costa Employment & Human Services, Contra Costa Health Services, Community Housing Development Corporation, First 5, Opportunity Junction, Stand, Stride Center and United Way of the Bay Area. All of the partners use one system and set of metrics to track clients' progress.
Stride Center One of Six Richmond Area Nonprofits to Receive a Share of $1 Million in Grants from Chevron
On Monday, November 7, 2011, Executive Director Barrie Hathaway and staff members from The Stride Center were recognized as one of six Richmond area nonprofit organizations to be selected to receive a share of $1 million in grants from Chevron as part of the company's California Partnership Program, an initiative that invests in education and economic development in California. The grants will help boost local Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education, prepare residents for technical jobs in Richmond and the surrounding communities and invest in other nonprofits.
"We are grateful to be selected as one of the Grantees by Chevron," said Barrie. "Our partnership with Chevron extends beyond our jobs training and preparedness. This generous grant funds the expansion of our social venture business, ReliaTech, increasing our capacity to provide zero landfill electronics recycling and refurbishing services, help small businesses grow through use of technology, broaden ReliaTech's Neighborhood Technology Center services and create green jobs in the City of Richmond, This turns out to be a win-win-WIN for The Stride Center, Chevron and the City of Richmond."
As shared in the Chevron press release:
"Our contributions are designed to help people and businesses thrive," said Nigel Hearne, general manager of Chevron's Richmond Refinery. "When business and nonprofits work together we can ensure better education and jobs for the next generation and a better future for all of our communities.
According to California's Employment Development Department, Richmond's unemployment rate is 16.9 percent, considerably higher than the country's overall rate of 9.1 percent. Chevron has selected specific nonprofit organizations that help address the unemployment rate by preparing residents for today's jobs and preparing youth for the technical jobs of the future."