JobTrain, Inc.

Rating: 4.86 stars   70 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Job Training

Location: 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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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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Jobtrain is a really great school. They don't Judge nobody, they don't try to figure out if someone deserves something or not. They lift the fallen, Restore the broken and help so many to reach their goals.

Thank You Jobtrain for everything.
your Current Student in the culinary art program.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I have been popping in & out of JobTrain to do job searching for a few months now. Then I over heard there would be a Medical Assisting class starting up. My eyes opened wide and my ears became very receptive. I immediately enrolled and made sure to get in the class. I am so grateful and privileged to have been accepted, started and continuing to attend the MA class. I have a knowledgeable, humorous, detailed, caring, and experienced instructor (Jacqueline LaForga). I am truly very appreciative of the opportunity given to me by JobTrain with education, financial counseling, self well being, and EDD. It is also good to know they they have other resources that might just be helpful whenever I might need them.

Once again - a GREAT BIG SHOUT out to my instructor Jacqueline LaForga - makes class always interesting and that I do not want to miss a day...!!!

Doing this for ME..!!!



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Migrating from the Pacific Island with a dream. To get a career, I came to Job Train and the staff was so helpful with information of questions I had. So I choose to study and Graduated in 2013 with GED. Was able to work but need some skills, Job Train offered Business Administrative Skills which I appreciate and enjoy with The great teacher and staff.

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Hi I would like to say that JOBTRAIN has been so awesome in my life . I went to phlebotomy school, I finished the program and now I am in there Medical Assistant program , My teacher Jaqueline Laforga is such a great teacher. JOBTRAIN has been a great experience for me it has gave me confidence and a better future.. Thank you so much to all that have helped me at JOBTRAIN ..

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Job Train in Menlo Park has allowed me to start a career in the medical assisting field, to better myself , and show my children that no matter your age, you can have a career and succeed!

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Jobtrain is a great place and has all the help you need inside the building from edd to even therapy help.Courses are intens and short but the certificate they provide are good help.

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Jobtrain has provided very good support to me as a medical assistant student. Everyone is very helpful professional and caring specially my instructor Jaqueline Laforga. She is patient , motivating, inspirational and very good at teaching the skills and everything we need to know in order to perform well in our field. I love coming in her class everyday!!!

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JobTrain is a great organization, all of the staff are great! Always smiling and always willing to help with any questions you have. I completed my GED here and now I am a student of the Medical Assisting course. If you are interested in working in the medical field take their program taught by Jacqueline LaForga, she is a phenomenal instructor. The program so far is fast but very educating, I am enjoying it.

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