JobTrain, Inc.

Rating: 4.85 stars   89 reviews


1200 O'Brien Drive Menlo Park CA 94025 USA


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.


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


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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Reviews for JobTrain, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

I attended the JobTrain 50th Anniversary Breakfast of Champions event, and was very impressed with both the organization and their students. JobTrain does an excellent job helping people gain the skills they need to get a good job. The stories of their students are inspiring!

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JobTrain is an amazing organization that helps people transform their lives. I have been a supporter of this organization for many years, and am impressed with the level of service they provide to the community. Their job training programs gets results! Over 75 of graduates are placed in high quality jobs. This organization helps youth and adults break the cycle of poverty for the long-term.

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Rating: 5 stars  

JobTrain is an amazingly effective organization that helps low income people gain job skills and become self-reliant. Their training programs are provided at no cost to students, and the results are very impressive. I encourage community members to visit their website at to find out more about this nonprofit.

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JobTrain is a great community resource! The staff is very helpful and want students to succeed! They offer various vocational courses and also helpful resources like tax assistance, EDD, daycare, wellness education and financial advise. They continue to shine and help those in need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

JobTrain is a great organization where people can change their lives! There's so many opportunities and resources that Jobtrain has to offer our community. They truly help a lot of people and it's definitely improved our communities in a positive way. If you are in need of changing careers or looking into a new career to better your life, this is the place to start! The staff at JobTrain are friendly and helpful and want you to succeed! This is definitely a great organization!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to visit their facilities and was amazed at the incredible operation they have. They have an amazing impact on many low income people in the area, helping with job training, computer training, finding and applying for jobs, and even tax help! definitely a worthwhile organization!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Job Train in Menlo Park has allowed me to start a career in the medical assisting field, to better myself , and show my children that no matter your age, you can have a career and succeed!

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