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Opportunity Junction

Rating: 4.97 stars   31 reviews 599

Nonprofit Issues:

Education, Job Training, Human Services

Address:

3102 Delta Fair Blvd. Antioch CA 94509 USA

Mission:

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.

Results:

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).

Target demographics:

low-income adults and families who are motivated to break the cycle of poverty.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

500

Geographic areas served:

Contra Costa County

Programs:

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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925-776-1133
http://www.opportunityjunction.org

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Reviews for Opportunity Junction

Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Opportunity Junction is a great organization. They helped me to improve my computer and office admin skills to an advanced level. They even helped me in finding a job through their connections. I am now full time employed with a great salary and benefits. It is an intense program though but definitely doable if you are serious and want to succeed

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Rating: 5 stars  

Opportunity Junction is a great non-profit! I am currently an Intern, and I can proudly say that they have helped me a lot. This program gave me the skills I needed to succeed in life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Opportunity Junction is Amazing! I am currently an Intern and I am so blessed to be here. When I first walked through the doors, I was unsure of what I was looking for. I only heard good things about the program but it was too good to be true. After taking the test and going through an interview process, it had me on edge. But, once I received the phone call that I have been accepted into the program, I knew then it was going to be a Life-changing experience for me. The staff at Opportunity Junction are heaven sent, they are such a big part of why Opportunity Junction exist. Not only did I obtain exceptional computer skills but also lifestyles that I will carry with me throughout all areas in my life. Thank you so much, Opportunity Junction you Rock!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Opportunity Junction is a non-profit organization that offers job training and placement for "Free!" I call it the, "Hidden Jewel." The staff genuinely care about your success. You are given the opportunity to learn Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, Life Skills, presentations, and resume writing. Along with those courses, we also were given a "Free" college course, taught by a Professor, that came to Opportunity Junction from Los Medanos College! We earned college credit for this course. We are now in our second phase and have learned PowerPoint, Sales Force and Adobe. My classmates and I will be sent out on paid internships soon, with companies that have partnered with Opportunity Junction, to use our newly gained skills, and solidify our confidence in the Business Administrative field. They also are working hard to send us on interviews and excited for our success. I can go on and on, because there is so much more to say about this "GENEROUS" non-profit organization, they are truly a gem and a blessing. The staff is amazing! Don't miss out, check them out.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They know what they're doing.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Opportunity Junction is too good to be true. The job training and placement program has helped me with skills needed to become successful in the administrative field. I am now an intern and actively seeking employment with their help and knowledge. So many doors have been opened for me, I am now confident and driven and able to make a successful life for me and my children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was very discouraged before I attended this program I was stuck in a rut working the same low paying go nowhere jobs because that's all I thought I could get. Being Selected to attend the program gave me hope. They saw something in me I didn't and they empowered me! The staff here is so warm and inviting they help you in any way they can and if you need to talk there is always someone to listen. I am so fortunate to have been able to go through the training process and I feel like they have also helped me to grow as a person and feel more confident in myself. I truly love this place and feel like one of the family. Another thing is they continually want to stay connected with you when you leave the program and help you progress in your career. I could go on and on but the bottom line is if your ready to make a change or update your skills this is the number one spot to be! There is so much love and support here if your willing to work hard and put in the effort they will do everything possible to help you succeed.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have recently finished my training at Opportunity Junction and am now an intern. I have loved the learning process so much. The staff here is so wonderful and helpful. If you are ever unsure of anything they are right by your side to make sure you get to where you need to be. Opportunity Junction is warm and inviting. I love that I am a part of this organization now and that I am able to be a part of helping others. The only downside is you never want to leave this place. If you are looking for an opportunity to move up or do something different, Opportunity Junction is the place to start.

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Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

Opportunity Junction is an excellent non profit organization that helps people gain the skills they need to enter the jobs they want. I have been part of this amazing organization for the past four months and my experience has been awesome. I was able to learn and gain many valuable skills with the help of the extraordinary staff. My goal is to one day give back to this organization as they have helped me. Thank You Opportunity Junction.

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1 person found this review helpful

Opportunity Junction is AMAZING!!! I have been going to Opportunity Junction for 3 months and I have gained so much knowledge and confidence in such a little amount of time. I have just finished my initial training after 12 weeks and I feel like I can apply for a job and be confident that I have the skills to do the job.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None... This group of instructors and staff far exceeds anything I could have asked for.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have spent the last couple of years volunteering as an instructor at Opportunity Junction, and I like the program quite a bit. Frankly, I would've given it up long ago if I didn't see the value. The program gives participants enough training to have a solid foundation to reenter the work force, and more importantly, it helps them (re)discover the confidence and drive to succeed.

I have spent a large part of my time teaching a business math class, and I've seen the very real effort that the participants put in. It's not easy forcing yourself to concentrate on a subject you admittedly don't like and "don't get," especially on a Friday. Still, I've watched person after person do it. It's a credit to Opportunity Junction that the participants keep coming back for more, and keep pushing themselves to improve.

All in all, I'm glad I was introduced to the program, and I will happily continue to volunteer my time for a good cause.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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