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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Children & Youth, Education, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training, Youth Development Programs

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).

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jobtrain has allowed me to find my true passion, for the last four months, I've been taking classes at Jobtrain, and it is not the regular classroom environment, it feels more like home, and the people at JT make you feel like you are part of a family. In a couple weeks I'll be embarking myself in a new journey, and I'm confident that I'll succeed because JT has prepared me really well to take on any new challenge.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Jobtrain to learn about construction and I ended up learning much more than I have planned to. I took the Project Build class and Marty mandibles was my teacher and he was amazing through out the 17 week class, in all the experience was really Good and Im very grateful to have been lucky enough to find Jobtrain, I could go on but I'll leave it short and sweet. You can't go wrong coming here!!!

Roby

Client Served

Rating: 5

jobtrain is great and provides people with low incomes to get the skills they need to get a job. Everything is great about this organization and i cannot say enough good things. Even the food truck that comes by is reasonably priced!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard of JobTrain through my mom. I signed up for the Web Development bootcamp. JobTrain has by far exceeded my expectations in their dedication to making sure you become successful. Even our instructor Jessica Parsons has over 10 years of experience and is an excellent instructor. Overall, JobTrain is great and I would recommend this organization to everyone who is interested in bettering their life.

ClearConscience

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the establishment looking at how to apply for EDD after being laid off. However, during my visit I also found out they offered vocational training in their Web Development Coding Boot Camp. As I was switching job sectors anyways, I enrolled and found that their program was very immersive and challenging. As I have always been an analytical thinker, it fit in with my thought process and I am doing what I am learning in my free time at home. I am hoping to find a job in Web Development or Database Management by the end of the course.

Thomas57

Client Served

Rating: 4

I will give JobTrain a Four star rating because five stars will mean that they have reach the top. Fact is JobTrain is constanty progressing. I aquire my GED at JobTrain. JobTrain Staff, students, and supporters are my family. I was in the building a few weeks back, they restructured the computer room and else where. Keep it 100 JobTrain.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

JobTrain is the best non-profit organization that helps those most in need to succeed. I came here two years ago from another country and even didn't expect to be at the status that I am now. JobTrain staff gives you not just hard skills but the soft skills as well which is very important. Here you have all the opportunities to be successful but a lot depends on you too. Success or failure is a choice that is up to you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization, a one stop shop – provides vocational training, unemployment assistance, child care, interview attire, and the staff there are incredibly helpful and generous with their time and advice.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent program, excellent education. Professional staff. A wonderful organization.

Dale19

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a workaholic but was permanently disabled in a. At accident in 1995. After back surgery I trained to work in computers but could not find work after massive layoffs In the industry. I then went to truck school but could not do the work with my disability. I then went to a business college with life time job placement which could not get me placed in a job. Jobtrain was the fourth school I'd attended but the only school that actually trained me into a field I was suited for. I graduated at their expense, not paying anything out of my pocket. I graduated without going into debt as I had already amassed $30,000.00 in student loan debt I could never pay because I could never get work with their training. I graduated with 2 State of California Nursing Licences and a CPR certificate. I graduated and started my own business as a Licensed Home Health Aide. Jobtrain changed my life, got me off of disability checks and back into a life I am proud of.