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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

JobTrain is life changing. It provides essential life and job skills to our community's underserved population. The staff and management of JobTrain are effective and committed to the mission. The clients / students are eager to improve their lives and JobTrain is that resource that supports the efforts. Truly life changing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a new board member and have been nothing but amazed by the the impact that this organization is having on the community and the individuals that have walked through their doors. The staff is passionate and dedicated to building the programs that will improve the lives of its students and, as evidenced by the many touching reviews, it works. The Bay Area is lucky to have this organization, and I am humbled to be a part of it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

JobTrain has provided a window out for those who often have none through education and skill training. Anyone who has struggled in their life wants support, but many want a means to get on their own footing and solidly provide for themselves and their family.
My business has worked with JobTrain for decades. The successes are heart warming.

Board Member

Rating: 5

JobTrain changes lives every day. JobTrain not only provides vocational training, but it also provides life training. How to get a job and how to keep a job. I can't speak highly enough of the mission of JobTrain.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the parent of two JobTrain graduates. JobTrain does not only teach vocational skills, but also leadership, responsibility and what it means to be a reliable employee. Everyone is welcome at JobTrain. I have been involved in many non-profit and community organizations, and I can say that JobTrain not only talks the talk, but walks the walk for sure. JobTrain genuinely changes lives for the better every single day!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Job Train plays an incredibly important role in our community by helping those most in need build the skills needed to jump-start their careers. The team at Job Train is top-notch, and knows what it takes to help people prepare for meaningful, well-paying jobs. Job Train is already a legacy in the Bay Area, and continues to stay relevant based on current trends and employment opportunities. It's been an honor to serve Job Train as a volunteer and Board Member. Check us out -- all are welcome!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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)

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Elvin T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!!!

Jennifer375

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.