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Workforce Connections Success Story!

Friday, 02 August, 2013

Next Step student Vann Damrong, newly hired and trained ACT Transit Bus Driver, receives congratulations from staff member David Clarke! 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