“Technology is no longer a mystery to me. The Stride Center has put me on the “super highway” of the tech world. Little did I know that when I walked through The Stride Center doors, my life would change. My process through The Stride Center has enabled me to read a computer magazine like PC World and actually understand what I am reading. Technology is no longer a mystery to me. My experience with The Stride Center has encouraged me to pursue an A+ and a MCDST certification. If you want to get your foot in the door in terms of solid technical foundation, The Stride Center is the place to be."
-- Delores Orr
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Injured after 27 years in the transportation industry, Gary decided to reinvent his future. A case worker in Alameda County noticed that his hands-on skills lent themselves to his true dream, technology.
Gary, a recent A+ graduate, has excelled at The Stride Center. "I've been through a lot of different training institutions," he says, "Stride employees always make themselves available. They are always welcoming. There's an open-door policy."
He advises potential students, "You need to be serious about your goals. The Stride Center will help you, but you have to take the first step to be serious about what your desires and dreams are – and you have to go for it, no matter how challenging it is."
Gary plans to start his own small company. "What I've gotten from the Stride Center is that it further challenges me to reach those goals – if not for me, then to set standards for my kids also. It's a win-win, the way I look at it."
After years as an EMR/EMS medic and wildland forestry firefighter, Molota heard about The Stride Center from a friend in the UCSF IT department. She had been wanting to start a career in technology, but, she says, "I felt that the industry was very vast, and I just didn't know how to make that happen."
On the first day that she walked into The Stride Center, she got the sense that "this is where I need to be." She acknowledges, "My biggest barrier was believing that I could do it – that The Stride Center was the place I needed to be. I stuck by it, and it's probably one of the best things that I could have ever done."
Molota's advice to students considering joining Stride? "If you're looking for the yellow brick road, with some serious treasure on the other end, Stride Center is the place to be. Walk through those doors and see what happens."
She's considering her next step, which may possibly be to pursue a Bachelor's degree in computer science. "I'm definitely enjoying the ride, networking, and making sure that I'm always on the career path that I've chosen. The Stride Center will definitely be a part of that forever."