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  

I have been involved with and on the Board of JobTrain for about 10 years. Every year I am touched by the stories of our students who able to turn their situations around by obtaining and retaining a meaningful job. I encourage everyone to check out what we do, and please come in for a tour of our facility or attend one of our events. Everyone I have spoken to who have taken a tour or attended an event is always impressed by what we do and our successful track record.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on the Board of JobTrain for about 7 years and I am always amazed and moved by the personal stories of the Graduates of the JobTrain programs. The Graduates consistently credit JobTrain and the amazing staff on providing the drive and motivation to both succeed in class and prepare for success post JobTrain.

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  

Being on the board gives me an inside perspective of JobTrain’s staff and organization. JobTrain’s mission is to train those who have not had the opportunities to be prepared to enter the workplace to earn a living wage. This organization is very well run with staff members who do their jobs because they believe in this mission. The key to the organization’s success is not only its ability to enroll students in their programs, but to "wrap their arms around the students" to ensure that they do not fall through the cracks. JobTrain boasts an amazing 76% post-training placement of students with 89% continued placement one year later.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We all need a job, but for many obtaining the skills necessary to get a job is difficult (if not impossible) without the help of a competent and carrying organization such as JobTrain. As a board member of JobTrain I am blessed to have the privilege and honor to be part of an organization that is impacting the lives of so many in need. Carrying out their mission is not a trivial effort, but each day the JobTrain team brings heart and passion to accomplishing their goal - helping those most in need with getting a job. Rock on Job Train!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm currently not working but, I signed up with JobTrain for training so that I can get experience on Medical Assistant to receive the skills needed to get me a job. I got referred from PeninsulaWorks in Menlo Park located at JobTrain. The employees in PeninsulaWorks/JobTrain were WONDERFUL, PROFESSIONAL, AND, HELPFUL. I am now waiting to attend JobTrains Medical Assistant program at JobTrain. I'm extremely excited for my new journey as becoming a Medical Assistant.



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

A lot

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?

2005

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have worked with Job Train for the past 4 years and have found them to be a community organization with an impeccable record. I could go and on but these figures speak for themselves; 8,000 people served in 2013, 87% enrolled in full-time vocational training completed their program, 76 graduates placed in careers and 88% still working one year later and many of them promoted. With daytime and evening training programs, Job Train serves the adult and the youth communities. To find out more about Job Train, please check out their web site at www.jobtrainworks.org.

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Rating: 5 stars  

At job train i was able to get certified as a cna and in cpr. They helped me with any struggle i came across wether it be transportation or daycare. The staff is very caring, professional, and they were determined to assist me in every way they could. I will be going back to take computer courses and have definitely referred family and friends. Thank you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Jobtrain is a wonderful non-profit, they helps everyone that comes through the door. From unemployed, underemployed and all walks of life. JobTrain is there to help train clients and help them obtain jobs. They get a since of pride in themselves, and are able to become self sufficient. I am speaking from experience, as I was laid off and attended the Medical office assistant class. They were very supportive in all aspects. I am now a full time employee; helping the same clients that I once was.... 5 Stars for JobTrain.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended Computer Service Technician class after getting displaced as computer applications programmer, at which I had worked steadily for over 30 years. JobTrain taught me skills I needed to join MileStone Technologies as IMAC technician, moving computers between sites. I would never have gotten hired to another job without JobTrain's outstanding instruction, support and facilities!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started a internship here at Jobtrain. I learned so many things throughout the months that I thought to myself it would be great to work here because it was easy for me to commute, the people here were nice, and I liked what I did. I started from April 2014 - to July 2014 as an intern. I was working with Ana Gomez whom worked here at Jobtrain. I would always help her and she taught me some things she did, but also so I can get experience, between those 3 months I felt like I actually worked here;It was then that there was a job opening and thought why not apply and take a chance. I think it was the best thing I did because thanks to Ana I got the job and I'm almost to my 3 months of working for Jobtrain. It has been the best experience ever.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As the Facilities Manager I'm going to laud an aspect of JobTrain that hasn't been addressed yet in all these reviews and that is the facility itself. JobTrain isn't a hole in the wall operation! We have over thirty thousand square feet of classrooms, administration, support services for students as well as outside partner agencies housed here, along with parking and outdoor amenities beyond that thirty thousand square feet! And we could do so much more given the resources!

Our staff and faculty constantly review and refine our approach to providing the best environment possible for students and clients, and while it's always a challenge to keep from bursting at the seams with the demands of what we accomplish here, we are darned proud of the results! Great people! Great place! This organization deserves to be supported so that it can continue to grow and move forward on its mission.

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