Stepping Stones to Success

R&DE's Stepping Stones to Success program (SSTS) is a concierge workplace education program. It is open to all Stanford University staff including Stanford Health Care, DAPER, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, School of Medicine, SLAC, LBRE and Stanford Blood Center employees. The SSTS program offers online and hybrid courses that include languages, math, computer skills, GED and college preparation, and fundamental business management. The SSTS program also offers life skills workshops in English and Spanish. Such a workshop includes the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, available for one participant or university department staff. 
Managers: If you would like to have your team/department accessed, please contact us.

 

STAP funds can be used for any of the courses or workshops. Checks are also accepted.

Course schedule

SSTS video check out what’s happening!

We need Student Tutors! 
Contact: Dr. Christine Gabali

 

Who Benefits:

Employees: Do you want to learn new skills and improve job performance? Engage confidently in your job and the community? Taking classes is easy and flexible. During the COVID pandemic, all classes are virtual and are offered weekly a half-hour three days a week based on your department’s operational and professional needs. Read our exiting Student Testimonials.

Managers: Do you want to enhance your team’s job skills and productivity? Request a team-wide class, workshop, or skills assessment? Let us help you customize a program based on your team’s needs, time frame, and course preferences.

More than 300 Stanford employees have participated in one or more SSTS classes. Last year alone, SSTS transformed the lives of 64 participants! Read more about the SSTS program. 

View the full SSTS Course Catalog

View the SSTS Fall 2020 Schedule (Now - November 20)

The SSTS Program has gone virtual!

Classes now through November 20, 2020

  • All courses are synchronous Online-Hybrid Digital Learning classes (OHDL)
  • All courses meet Monday through Friday, 3 days a week for 30 minutes per class based on operational needs and participant’s availability
  • All courses are STAP funds eligible

SSTS Fall Quarter 2020

Now through November 20, 2020

Course

Price

Online-Hybrid Digital Learning - Technology Series:

  • Individual class

$200.00 P/CL

Online-Hybrid Digital Learning - Technology Series:

  • 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 - All three courses together
    1. Online Digital Learning Introduction to Smartphones, Tablets Series 1.1
    2. Online Digital Learning Introduction to Zoom using Smartphones, Tablets Series 1.2
    3. Online Digital Learning Introduction to Advance Technology Use for Professional Development Series 1.3

$400.00

Online-Hybrid Digital Learning - English Language Series:

  • Individual class

$200.00 P/CL

Online-Hybrid Digital Learning - English Language Series:

  • 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 - All three courses together
    1. Online Digital Learning English Series 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    2. Online Digital Learning Pronunciation and Accent Reduction 1.1, 1.2, 1.3

$400.00

Online-Hybrid Digital Learning - Professional Development Series:

  • WRC stand alone class

$400.00

Online-Hybrid Digital Learning - Professional Development Series:

  • Individual Fundamentals of Office Management class

$200.00 P/CL

Online-Hybrid Digital Learning - Professional Development Series:

  • 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 - All three courses together
  • Fundamentals of Office Management Series:
    1. Conflict Negotiation 1.2
    2. Intercultural Business Communication 1.3
    3. Public Speaking 1.4

$400.00

Online-Hybrid Digital Learning - Professional Development Series:

  • 1.5, 1.6 - Both courses together
  • Fundamentals of Office Management Series:
    1. Business Writing 1.5
    2. Professional Presentations 1.6

$300.00

Testimonials

Learn new skills

Mary Ann Kupu, Arrillaga Family Dining Commons Food Service worker, LEARNED NEW SKILLS including mastering the computer. Now, she pays bills and orders medication online. “It is wonderful to have this program right here where I work. No driving, no traffic, I just walk downstairs to class, and take a computer class during my break. Everyone should take advantage of this program.”

Learn new skills

For Hilda Pelaez, Stanford Health Center housekeeping, SSTS was a huge CONFIDENCE BUILDER. After learning English, she now confidently orders food at restaurants. Hilda also navigates through immigration when visiting her mother in Mexico. It’s helped on the job, too. “For the first twelve years of my job, I understood only one word: ‘clean.’ Now I understand my supervisors, the nurses and patients.”

Improve job performance

Rafael Velazquez, Stanford Dining food service worker, IMPROVED JOB PERFORMANCE. “People ask how I can create Excel spreadsheets, recipes and instructional flyers. Before I didn’t even know how to cut and paste on the computer. I learned by taking SSTS’ computer skills classes.”

Advance your career

Sybil Wells ADVANCED HER CAREER by combining SSTS computer classes with our Culinary Training for Excellence course. "I moved up from Food Service Worker 1 to Food Service Worker 4! Now I’m a cook. I’m so proud of myself. My boys are proud of me and my grandchildren, too. Everybody should take the classes."

Engage your community

Olivia Jacobo, Stanford Guest House housekeeping, feels a newfound sense of belonging and ENGAGEMENT WITH HER COMMUNITY.  “After I took the Citizenship preparation course, I couldn’t believe when I passed the test. Being an American citizen makes me feel more secure and have more benefits.”

For more information

Dr. Christine Gabali
Director & MBTI Master Practitioner
cgabali1@stanford.edu
T: (650)798-9470

Gabriel Akin-Deko, MBA
SSTS Instructor
gakindek@stanford.edu
T: (650) 285-7848

SSTS Instructors:

Gabriel Akin-Deko, MBA

Molly Aufdermauer, TESOL