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21
MAR
2018

New Graduates – Journey and Natavia

Journey and Natavia completed their high school courses and graduated in February 2018! These friends held down jobs, supported themselves and finished their senior year at Next Step.
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27
JAN
2018

New Graduate: David

David graduated with his high school equivalency diploma in December. He is now working full time with plans to go to college next semester. “Next Step…it is the doorway to everything. That’s the best way to describe it. You actually help. Actually build our confidence and make us fee
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05
DEC
2017

New Graduate: Carol

Carol came to Next Step after dropping out of high school some 40 years before. She completed her final unit of geometry this week and is now a high school graduate! “I would recommend Next Step to anyone. Where else can you get all this attention and patience? I am so proud that I fi
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05
DEC
2017

On Her Way: Lakeisha

Lakeisha, a hard working mother of two, is motivated to graduate. Over the past year she has completed an impressive 30 credits. Lakeisha had an initial goal of building her basic reading skills; she now reads at a high school level and has improved her math skills by more than four g
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28
JUN
2017

Fall 2016 Newsletter

Taking the Next Step… The enrollment form at Next Step asks prospective students about their long-term goals. College is the most common answer. During a recent intake, a nervous new enrollee—we’ll call her Julie—predictably wrote about her post-secondary hopes. When asked to el
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16
SEP
2015
Next Step Learning Center Newsletter Fall 2015

Next Step Turns 21!

Next Step has been an inspirational news story in Oakland for over two decades. Since 1994, this “small but mighty” nonprofit organization has provided life-transforming educational programs for thousands of Oakland’s most vulnerable families.  Click here to read more in our Fall 2015
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11
NOV
2014
Next Step Learning Center Anniversary

Next Step Learning Center Celebrates Twenty Years!

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 li
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30
SEP
2014

First Two Students Pass the New High School Equivalency Exam in 2014!

Zahur (18), above, earned his High School Equivalency 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, espe
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29
SEP
2013
Next Step Workforce Connections

Workforce Connections Success Story!

Angela, who obtained her High School Equivalency 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 st
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