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JobTrain, Inc.

Rating: 4.85 stars   89 reviews 5,408

Address:

1200 O'Brien Drive Menlo Park CA 94025 USA

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).

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650-330-6429
http://www.jobtrainworks.org

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Reviews for JobTrain, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a new board member and have been nothing but amazed by the the impact that this organization is having on the community and the individuals that have walked through their doors. The staff is passionate and dedicated to building the programs that will improve the lives of its students and, as evidenced by the many touching reviews, it works. The Bay Area is lucky to have this organization, and I am humbled to be a part of it.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

JobTrain is an exceptional organization that trains students in an "on-the-job" modality that truly prepares them for today's workforce. Not only are the classes relevant and up-to-date, but JobTrain also has great supportive services : Lifeskills and Job Readiness modules, resume development, partners like EDD, the "Single Stop" that can help you with many personal issues from financial literacy to childcare help -and much more. My experience with JobTrain is that no matter how tough the situation one is in can be, this place can always make it possible to overcome and move forward!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I will give JobTrain a Four star rating because five stars will mean that they have reach the top. Fact is JobTrain is constanty progressing. I aquire my GED at JobTrain. JobTrain Staff, students, and supporters are my family. I was in the building a few weeks back, they restructured the computer room and else where. Keep it 100 JobTrain.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Success leads to success. I have seen people move from individuals who have not known success in their lives to people who now have jobs and who are moving into careers. The environment at JobTrain is one that helps people become successful where that are at, and then teaches them how to build upon their success.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Still completing my first year working at JobTrain, and very happy to be here! Having worked in nonprofit management both nationally and globally, I have brought fresh eyes and critical thinking to my role as COO here. My own research of outcome measures showed JobTrain to be a top performer both regionally and at the national level. I wanted to see what makes an organization like this tick. Fifty years of focus and innovation have made JobTrain a leader and throughout it all the organization strives to treat everyone with dignity and respect. There is a “can do” spirit here that we all work very hard at making as infectious as possible. Success breeds success so our programs are designed to meet people where they are at, help them achieve initial successes, and then build on that success to help them change their lives. For many people, success has been elusive in their lives but once here in this world where success is designed to be contagious, they suddenly see that new beginnings are possible. All of this makes it a joy for me to come to work each day as we consistently strategize to seek innovative ways of breaking the cycle of poverty.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

JobTrain is the best non-profit organization that helps those most in need to succeed. I came here two years ago from another country and even didn't expect to be at the status that I am now. JobTrain staff gives you not just hard skills but the soft skills as well which is very important. Here you have all the opportunities to be successful but a lot depends on you too. Success or failure is a choice that is up to you.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended the JobTrain 50th Anniversary Breakfast of Champions event, and was very impressed with both the organization and their students. JobTrain does an excellent job helping people gain the skills they need to get a good job. The stories of their students are inspiring!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

JobTrain is an amazing organization that helps people transform their lives. I have been a supporter of this organization for many years, and am impressed with the level of service they provide to the community. Their job training programs gets results! Over 75 of graduates are placed in high quality jobs. This organization helps youth and adults break the cycle of poverty for the long-term.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

JobTrain is an amazingly effective organization that helps low income people gain job skills and become self-reliant. Their training programs are provided at no cost to students, and the results are very impressive. I encourage community members to visit their website at www.jobtrainworks.org to find out more about this nonprofit.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Great organization with a friendly vibe.
There is a person who answers the main phone line-not a robot.
The staff treat you like a person- not a number.
They help people launch new careers- not just a job.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

JobTrain has provided a window out for those who often have none through education and skill training. Anyone who has struggled in their life wants support, but many want a means to get on their own footing and solidly provide for themselves and their family.
My business has worked with JobTrain for decades. The successes are heart warming.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

JobTrain changes lives every day. JobTrain not only provides vocational training, but it also provides life training. How to get a job and how to keep a job. I can't speak highly enough of the mission of JobTrain.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the parent of two JobTrain graduates. JobTrain does not only teach vocational skills, but also leadership, responsibility and what it means to be a reliable employee. Everyone is welcome at JobTrain. I have been involved in many non-profit and community organizations, and I can say that JobTrain not only talks the talk, but walks the walk for sure. JobTrain genuinely changes lives for the better every single day!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Job Train plays an incredibly important role in our community by helping those most in need build the skills needed to jump-start their careers. The team at Job Train is top-notch, and knows what it takes to help people prepare for meaningful, well-paying jobs. Job Train is already a legacy in the Bay Area, and continues to stay relevant based on current trends and employment opportunities. It's been an honor to serve Job Train as a volunteer and Board Member. Check us out -- all are welcome!

 
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