JobTrain, Inc.

Rating: 4.86 stars   72 reviews

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with job train has started since i was in High School, I had the opportunity to take after school classes and received school credits. Recently i visited job train and found out about the Medical Assisting Program i got convinced about it and signed up. I am currently enrolled and i am more then happy with my teacher. She is a great motivation , she is working hard to make sure all her students pass. I highly recommend this class.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I first heard about JobTrain I was very skeptical. I was told they would help me with not only teaching me but also to get a career, help you with taxes, government benefits etc etc. and all for free. I went in not knowing fully what i wanted to do and found out about the medical assistant program. This was the only class that had me interested and so i registered and signed up. I went with the counselor and i was given a good talk. I shouldn't be going without a purpose and without knowing what it is im getting myself into and so i was advised to do research. I did and found out that the more i researched the more i wanted to take this class and the more i wanted to be able to help people. it is now 1:30 pm October 30 2014 and I am Happy that I have taken this course at this time. The teacher is very knowledgeable and interesting and the students are very good as well. I am proud of this class, the teacher, the Program as a whole and most importantly of myself
Thank you Jobtrain

Jake over and out

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am grateful that such an organization as JobTrain is available for people that want to succeed and may have difficulty figuring out how. I was laid off a couple of months ago and I did not know what I was going to do next. I did not have the means to pay for school myself and having found JobTrain was a huge sigh of relief. I was excited to start the program right away since I had first applied. Everyone here is supportive and nice. You feel welcome as soon as you walk into the door. Not only do they offer programs to get ahead in education but also different resources that help you with daily issues aside from school, designed to make sure you are successful in completing your goals. They always encourage and support you along the way. Thank you JobTrain

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am really enjoying the Medical Assisting Class. Our teacher has had much experience in the field and brings added enrichment to the program which she designed. If you are looking for an organization that is doing good in the community and making a difference this is the place to donate. Our class is competitive and helping to get us in job positions upon graduation. Help make a difference, and join the Job Train family!

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Rating: 5 stars  

very great school and instructors especially Jacqueline she is amazing at what she does I enjoy coming to class everyday and learning something new everyday.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Board Member and a passionate volunteer with JobTrain for the past 22+ years. Through these years, JobTrain has been and continues to be a strong beacon on the peninsula for those most in need to succeed in getting relevant job training to find and hold a quality JOB!! Part of our secret sauce is that all of our graduates go through a rigorous "Life Skills" training which adds tremendous value to the graduates personally as well as to their employers. When each of our graduates lands a job we ring a bell in the school and everyone comes and congratulates the graduate. The smile on their face and the tears in their eyes continually remind us why JobTrain is so valuable in our community. Come check us out!! We give great tours :-) (www.jobtrainworks.org)

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Rating: 5 stars  

I support JobTrain because I strongly believe in the mission which is to provide quality and relevant job training for those in need in our community. It is a great feeling to be able to help those that are unemployed and are in need of current job skills to be able to land a job and change their lives. The stories of our graduates of how JobTrain has changed their lives is a daily testament to the importance of the JobTrain mission. When a JobTrain graduate rings the bell to as they land a job, the entire community wins!!

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

In 2009, I was laid-off from my job – not knowing what to do, my mother suggested that I look into taking a class at JobTrain. In Fall of 2009, I graduated from the Medical Office Assistant program. In Spring of 2010 I began a new job and have been working for the same company for over four years. JobTrain provided me with the means to get back on my feet.

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