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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Children & Youth, Education, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our Mission: JobTrain is committed to helping those who are most in need to succeed.  Our purpose is to transform the lives of people in our community through assessment, attitude and job skills training, and high potential career placement. Our Vision: We create a unique opportunity for people to develop personal and career goals, and to achieve their aspirations by acquiring relevant skills and positive attitudes about themselves and their potential.  People are drawn to JobTrain for our high-value training, effective personal development programs, impressive results, and respect for the individual.  JobTrain delivers on the promise of a better life. Our Philosophy and Beliefs: We believe in the dignity and potential of every individual. We believe that with opportunity and motivation, people will help themselves. We believe that people need and want a hand up, not a hand out.

Results: Since our inception in 1965, more than 130,000 individuals have changed their lives at JobTrain.  Our training completion rate is currently 81% and our job placement rate is slightly below 80% with a starting wage of $16.59/hour.

Target demographics: Low-income adults, youth, and children from East Palo Alto, east Menlo Park, and Redwood City, CA.

Direct beneficiaries per year: JobTrain serves more than 5,000 people each year. Approximately 500 enroll in full-time adult vocational training; approximately 250 youth are served through training, healthy living programs, and summer internships; 24 children between the ages of 3 and 5 enroll in our Child Development Center.

Geographic areas served: East Palo Alto, CA; east Menlo Park, CA; Redwood City, CA

Programs: JobTrain's vocational training programs emphasize vocations in high-demand industries with career ladders and job benefits that lead to long-term financial stability. All JobTrain students receive job readiness and life skills training that orient them to work cultures and habits for success. Full time courses are at least 600 hours over 20 weeks. Clinical work and internships in some programs may extend the length of the program. The average cost per student to provide vocational training is $4,240 (ranging from $1,232 for the 5-week weatherization course to $6,602 for the 20-week Project Build). Vocational offerings include: Culinary Arts, Computer Service/Telcom/WiFi Technician, Medical Office Assistant, Office Skills, Professional Health Care Worker (CNA), Project Build (environmental and construction trades), Solar Installation, and Weatherization.674 individuals participated in vocational training in FY2010 (7/1/09-6/30/10).

Community Stories

100 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jen_71

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JobTrain is an amazing organization, they do so much for so many people. And it's all free for the clients. When they walk through the door, JobTrain helps them figure out how to get meaningful jobs, based on their skills and interests. The vocational classes are exceptional and the job counselors really understand how to support the whole person - providing transportation help, financial and legal counseling, child care, and wellness.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Providing opportunities to chase your dream and get back on your feet has been the JobTrain mission for 51 years. This organization has been helping to transform lives since 1965. I am a home-grown tomato and I owe much to JobTrain. After graduating from one of JobTrain's training programs, I was hired as a member of the staff. I help provide opportunities to those most in need, because someone once did it for me.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love JobTrain! They offer qualify training and other supportive services to the community. They are committed to helping unprivileged populations and those who are lacking basic skills. They are experts in their fields of training and they have a large group of employers who support their efforts and hire their graduates. If you have not stopped into JobTrain-- please do and see all the wonderful services and training they offer!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JobTrain is great organization committed to helping those most in need. They offer many supplemental services that benefit the whole community. JobTrain has excellent instructors, career advisors, and other administrative staff. They have many employer connections and they help match students with the right training path for them.

If you are looking for an employment opportunity, GO TO JOBTRAIN. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

Board Member

Rating: 5

JobTrain is life changing. It provides essential life and job skills to our community's underserved population. The staff and management of JobTrain are effective and committed to the mission. The clients / students are eager to improve their lives and JobTrain is that resource that supports the efforts. Truly life changing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JobTrain goes above and beyond when it comes to helping their students and community. The free vocational training that they offer allows people to leave their minimum wage jobs and start a new career for themselves. Before sending their students off they make sure they are ready for the workforce, they truly care for them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jobtrain has allowed me to find my true passion, for the last four months, I've been taking classes at Jobtrain, and it is not the regular classroom environment, it feels more like home, and the people at JT make you feel like you are part of a family. In a couple weeks I'll be embarking myself in a new journey, and I'm confident that I'll succeed because JT has prepared me really well to take on any new challenge.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Jobtrain to learn about construction and I ended up learning much more than I have planned to. I took the Project Build class and Marty mandibles was my teacher and he was amazing through out the 17 week class, in all the experience was really Good and Im very grateful to have been lucky enough to find Jobtrain, I could go on but I'll leave it short and sweet. You can't go wrong coming here!!!

Roby

Client Served

Rating: 5

jobtrain is great and provides people with low incomes to get the skills they need to get a job. Everything is great about this organization and i cannot say enough good things. Even the food truck that comes by is reasonably priced!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard of JobTrain through my mom. I signed up for the Web Development bootcamp. JobTrain has by far exceeded my expectations in their dedication to making sure you become successful. Even our instructor Jessica Parsons has over 10 years of experience and is an excellent instructor. Overall, JobTrain is great and I would recommend this organization to everyone who is interested in bettering their life.