Rating: 4.93 stars 54 54 reviews 2,178
3102 Delta Fair Blvd. Antioch CA 94509 USA
We believe that everyone who is willing to work hard deserves an opportunity to succeed. We exist to break the cycle of poverty. Our mission is to fight poverty by helping low-income Contra Costa residents gain the skills and confidence to get and keep jobs that support themselves and their families. Opportunity Junction was founded in 2000 with the name Opportunities for Technology Information Careers and adopted its current name in November of 2006.
In fiscal year 2012-13, Opportunity Junction helped 71 people find new positions. This includes 45 people who graduated from our Job Training and Placement Program (JTPP) and 26 people who benefited from our individualized Career Development Services. 92% of the graduates of the JTPP are placed within 6 months of program completion and 18 months later 82% of those graduates are still employed. Of those completing 15 hours or more (212 in FY2012-13) of our Technology Center classes, 30% got a job, a better job, a raise, or a promotion (approximately 62).
low-income adults and families who are motivated to break the cycle of poverty.
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Geographic areas served:
Contra Costa County
1. Job Training and Placement Program - Prepare participants for administrative careers leading to self-sufficiency through computer and life skills training, paid experience, case management, career counseling, placement assistance, and long-term alumni services. 2. Career Development Services - Provide career development, case management, and job placement services in Bay Point (at the SparkPoint Career Center) and in Antioch. 3. The Technology Center - Offer low-income clients free computer access and assistance, English as a Second Language instruction and Computer Basics. 4. Do-It-Yourself Tax Assistance - Alumni of the Job Training and Placement Program help low-income workers file their own income taxes and receive the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits.
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Starting over. What a true blessing Opportunity Junction is. I learned new computer skills and life skills. The staff at Opportunity Junction is amazing and helpful. If you are looking for a new start in life check out Opportunity Junction it is great place to begin.
When I left the retail industry in an attempt to change careers, I did so in a shattered frame of mind. My previous management team had thoroughly convinced me that I was a failure and unworthy of making the paltry $11 per hour they were paying me. My confidence was in tatters and felt sure that I could never be, or feel like, a success. I left, not out of hope but, out of desperation.
Then I found Opportunity Junction and it has been a godsend. Not only have they provided me with the opportunity to show my current computer skills, while learning new ones, but they have done so in an environment that encourages me to both succeed and feel successful. I cannot stress how important both of those factors can be. Between this, and the other services they offer, I have found hope that I can find a job that is a world above and beyond my previous job experiences.
I firmly believe that there need to be far more programs like Opportunity Junction throughout the country and that, for those that already exist, they must be thoroughly advertised and made well-known.
Without current computer skills, trying to find employment in this day and age was going nowhere for me. Opportunity Junction is providing me training in that and much more. In addition to learning Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Access and PowerPoint, we have the chance to become certified in each category, thereby proving to potential employers that we are proficient in those areas. We also have training in typing, Business English and Math along with various other research projects, giving additional preparation towards interviewing and presentation skills. I had just about exhausted all of my options before coming to Opportunity Junction, but now I am confident that I am on the road to a new chapter in my life, filled with many possibilities. “Thank you so much” doesn’t nearly sum up all to which I am grateful for, since being able to go through the Opportunity Junction program has truly made all the difference in my life’s direction.
Opportunity Junction was a life changer for me, it helped open my computer awareness to a whole new level that is better than I ever could have imagined. One day I decided I didn't want to be in the same situation I always put myself in, and when I heard of this place and what was being offered I knew it was the best choice out there for me. Opportunity Junction is a place where if you need help they try to get you that help in anyway they can, as long as you're doing your part by helping yourself succeed in, and with them you have a great support system to journey with you the whole way.
I have never had a job before, but OJ has helped me gain confidence to get out there and join the work world.
For this program to be free, I have to say you get way more than you could ever expect. The staff here at OJ are very supportive, and willing to go the extra mile to help anyone who is ready for self efficiency. Be warned you need to be ready to put in the time and work if you want to succeed.
So if you have no computer skills, your typing is less than perfect, your confidence can use a boost and your ready to take control of your life, check out Opportunity Junction. There here to help get you on track.
What are you waiting for pick or the phone right now or come by the office Monday Thru Friday.
I decided i needed a career and heard about Opportunity Junction. I decided to enroll and it was probably the best decision i ever made. I improved my typing skills, and was able to earn my Moss in Microsoft Word. The staff here are amazing and make sure they help you every step of the way.
I came to Opportunity Junction with zero Computer Skills and Typing Skills. Guess what? In one month time my score in MOS WORD is above 800 and next week I will get my MOS EXCEL score.The second part of the program I have learned Business Ethics, Business English and Business Math. A whole new world open up to me. I hope to do some good for this new opportunity. Come and see for yourself!
A few days before I applied to Opportunity Junction I had lost my job. I had no idea what I was going to do, and I had always had problems getting a new job. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, and I didn’t have much hope for my future. So, when I was sitting at the orientation for Opportunity Junction I was amazed at how great this program was, and all I was able to think about was how I had no chance at getting in. But for some reason, I was able to get into. I was given second chance at making something out of my life. And I am truly grateful to everybody here for accepting me into this great program and giving me this great opportunity. I’m grateful to the staff, for one, teaching me computer skills, so that I can be qualified for office jobs, and two, for the life skills, so that I could get through the issues that were going on in my life. And now I have been able to start a new career in business administrations.
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Opportunity Junction is by far the best non-profit organization for helping low-income individuals gain the necessary skills to enter or re-enter the workforce. You will definitely gain confidence and know that you have the skills necessary to be successful in your career. I've gone through the training program, been an intern and I have a career and start a new employment opportunity soon.