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The Stride Center harnesses the power of technology and the digital economy to help men, women and families on the road to self-sufficiency and independence. They prepare students for professional careers in Information Techology.
Under the SPEDC partnership with the Stride Center, verified San Pablo residents have the opportunity to take courses, receive certifications, internship opportunities, lifetime job placement and retention assistance.
Courses and Certifications:
A+ PC Technician course is designed for individuals who are seeking an IT career in technical support. It is recommended that before beginning the A+ training that applicants have some foundational knowledge of computer technologies and the aptitude to learn a large volume of information in a relatively short period of time.
Network + is a certification that is trusted around the world. It validates the essential knowledge and skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless networks. CompTIA Network+ certified individuals are in-demand worldwide.
Security + is the certification covering the essential principles for network security and risk management – making it an important stepping stone of an IT security career.
Click here for a more detailed desciption of certifications and topics covered under each certification.
Recent San Pablo graduate, Billy Morales, credits the Stride Center for placing him in his current position at Del Monte Foods Inc., where he earns $50,000 annually working full-time.
Another San Pablo graduate, Xiomara Rincon, landed a position at TRZ Associates, a small software firm in Oakland. She said, "The Stride Center has opened up opportunities for me to start my career in technology and I plan on expanding my skills and experiences not just within the company I work for but eventually go corporate”.
To enroll at the Stride Center with SPEDC sponsorship, applicants must be verified City of San Pablo residents, age 18 or older, interview with SPEDC staff and attend a Stride Center Orientation. Please call (510) 234-1300 for dates and times.