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Next Step Learning Center Celebrates Twenty Years!

Tuesday, 11 November, 2014

On November 6, 2014 Next Step Learning Center marked its 20th Anniversary with a wonderful evening of celebration at Scott's in Jack London Square. Friends and supporters gathered to celebrate Next Step's mission of strengthening Oakland families and communities through literacy and to thank all those who have made the accomplishments of these 20 years possible! Because of the generous par... more

First two students pass the new GED 2014!

Tuesday, 30 September, 2014

Zahur (18) earned GED Certification(9/6/14) within three months of his enrollment at Next Step. He arrived each day with an enthusiastic spirit and personable smile. He studied diligently with two tutors, one in analytical writing and one in math, especially algebraic problem solving. He was delighted and proud the day he arrived with his GED certificate in hand. He currently is enjoying the ... more

Workforce Connections Success Story!

Sunday, 29 September, 2013

Angela, who obtained her GED in November 2013, had been looking for long term warehouse work. She received many hours of support and assistance from our Workforce Connections program. Angela received an offer from the new Amazon distribution center in Newark and started working there in August 2014! With the help of the Workforce Connections program, Cynthia completed an intense 3 month culi... more

Next Step GED graduates earn A.A. Degrees! Congratulations, Brad, William, and Nawang!

Saturday, 01 June, 2013

On Friday, May 24, Brad Nelson walked across the stage at College of Alameda to receive his A. A. Degree in English, with honors! Brad has already been accepted to Cal State East Bay and will transfer there this fall Brad is shown above with Jennie Emard, Next Step's College Transition Coordinator. The next day, May 25, William Ramos-Ochoa and Nawang Lobzang were awarded their A. A.... more

ATLAS Training Program in Logistics Congratulations, Bruce, Emmanuel, and Josh!

Friday, 31 May, 2013

On May 31, three Next Step students and GED graduates completed an 11-week training program in the ATLAS program at College of Alameda, earning Warehouse Operations and Forklift Certification. This achievement prepares graduates for entry-level work in the logistics industry. more

Bread Project Graduate! Congratulations, Merry!

Thursday, 30 May, 2013

Next Step student Merry Barragan successfully completed a 12-week Bakery Production training program at The Bread Project in Emeryville. Merry and her colleagues learned baking fundamentals and good manufacturing practices for jobs in batch-food making and food manufacturing. more

A College-Going Culture Grows at Next Step!

Sunday, 27 March, 2011

Spring Semester 2011 The new College Transition Center made possible by Next Step’s recently completed capital project is buzzing with activity these days, as students take advantage of the new computers and college resources available to them here.  15 Next Step students and GED graduates are currently enrolled in a local community college and receiving intensive support services... more

Jefferson Award for Public Service

Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Co-Directors Sister Cynthia Canning and Sister Rosemary were awarded a Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service at a very uplifting event sponsored by CBS 5 and KCBS at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre.  Board Chair Greg Schopf , Assistant Program Director Peggy Presley, and George Brandt, who submitted the nomination, joined the Co-Directors at the celebratory event.p.MsoNormal, li... more

Milestone Achievement!

Wednesday, 20 October, 2010

Milestone Achievement! More than 200 guests, including donors, volunteers, foundation representatives, students, GED graduates gathered on October 20, 2010 for Next Step’s Grand Re-Opening Celebration.  This was the culmination of a successful capital project and a stunning, light-filled, larger site for Next Step’s programs.  Asked about how he felt when he first entered ... more

The Oakland Tribune says: "Next Step Learning Center gives hope in West Oakland "

Thursday, 08 March, 2007

HOPE is a wonderful thing to look for, a better place to find. At the Next Step Learning Center, hope is its primary resource, a yellow brick road to self-discovery and self-confidence. The Next Step Learning Center is a beacon in West Oakland, and the brainchild of two nuns, Rosemary Delaney and Cynthia Canning, who offer high-school dropouts a second chance at obtaining an education. For ... more