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JobTrain, Inc.

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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: In Fiscal Year 2018, JobTrain’s placement and retention rates for its vocational training were high: 85% completed their training program; 77% of these graduates were placed in jobs, and of these 81% had a job one year later and many had been promoted.

Target demographics: Low-income adults, youth, and children from East Palo Alto, east Menlo Park, and Redwood City, CA.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 7,000. Of these, 61% were adults and 39% were youth; 94% had very or extremely low income. 25% of our career training program students were formerly incarcerated.

Geographic areas served: East Palo Alto, CA; east Menlo Park, CA; Redwood City, CA

Programs: Through JobTrain’s career training, job placement and support services, we help people transform their lives from poverty and unemployment to financial stability and sustainable careers. Career training programs include: Culinary Arts, Laborers Construction Fundamentals, Medical Assistant, Certified Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aid, & Carpentry Pre-Apprentice (aka Project Build).

Community Stories

119 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

It is my pleasure to work for JobTrain and inform everyone about the great career training programs and other services we offer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

when I first visited JobTrain, some years back, I was experiencing a dramatic set back in my overall sense of wellbeing. I was feeling depressed due to mainly a great deal of physical pain as a result of a sudden illness. Emotionally, I was incapable of sorting things out on my own, Luckily, I found a flyer that mentioned Job Train as a place that, among other things, offers assistance with community resources. I could not figure out how to go about applying for social benefits or even where to go to find helpful and adequate community resources. the idea alone that I had to make calls, or that I had to put the paperwork together for an application was fearful and physically paralyzing to me. I gathered my strength and I went to JobTrain. I was fortunate to meet with a wonderful person there, a counselor who provided me with not just the assistance that I needed to apply for CalFresh, for MediCal, and also for disability insurance but she also treated with kindness, compassion, and a great level of knowledge and professionalism. thank you JobTrain, keep on with such good work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

JobTrain is a very unique animal in the world of workforce development. They provide not only job training to help individuals find their career but also host a variety of additional services for anyone. Students must be very serious about the training they are going into because it can be up to a fifteen week commitment to learn these skills. More employers especially those in the tech sector who believe in diversity hiring should become involved with JobTrain.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are a group of volunteers that had the honor of working with JobTrain through a young professional volunteer group called YCore. Through summer and fall months of 2018, we worked closely with JobTrain team to understand its work and looked for ways to improve engagement with younger community of volunteers. It has been wonderful getting to know this community of compassionate staff and supporters that are truly invested in students' success both in a career sense and as humans. Every interaction with JobTrain inspire us to be more engaged in local community service!

There is much heart in this community that can be immediately felt as one steps into the JobTrain building. There is also strong measurable metrics showing decades of success in re-training community members to become participants in local economy. Let's support JobTrain in doing its best work for local Bay Area communities!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been inspired by everyone involved with the JobTrain organization from the students to the staff to the leadership. JobTrain's educational programs, services, and resources play a vital part in helping those who need a helping hand, a leg up, or a second chance get exactly that. And, best of all, the results show that JobTrain graduates land in jobs and careers that they might never have thought possible.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Job Train continues to be a shining star in our world -- helping train community members for meaningful work and careers, while providing a full range of supportive services. Job Train leadership, staff, and volunteers are experts in their fields and compassionate in their approach. Job Train graduates are highly sought after by employers -- they are enthusiastic, well-prepared, and have a strong work ethic. Congratulations Job Train!

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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!

Patty Apostol R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JobTrain gives people the opportunity get to where they want to go regardless of where they are starting. By providing job skills training, confidence, life skills and the support they need to succeed, JobTrain changes lives. The graduates of JobTrain benefit, their families benefit, and the community at-large benefits from JobTrain's programs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An amazing nonprofit that helps thousands of people start new and/or more stable careers every year, and has been a positive force in the community for fifty years!

jzcool

Advisor

Rating: 5

Being a good American, a respectful person in your own community, for me means supporting those in need. JobTrain has been the organization that I support the most. Both in my businesses, by hiring graduates from the Culinary Program and personally through donations that support their great work. What more would we want to offer someone who is lost, needing help than a way to caringly get back on their feet and be self reliant. Having been on welfare decades ago, I relate even more deeply and only wish that an organization like JobTrain had been around when I was in need. Bravo a million times for what you do in the very best ways truly help people willing to help themselves.

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with JobTrain for several years. The compassion, community involvement and service to their clients is so inspiring and makes a huge difference in peoples' lives. It's an amazing place to be a part of and support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This opportunity came to me when I needed it the most. I had worked for 18 years in corporate with nothing to show for it, I was struggling & couldn't provide for my two children as a single mother. I lost our home and had to move around with friends and family. During a housing meeting my counselor mentioned Jobtrain and handed me the flyer. The first class that popped out to me was Project Build - Carpentry class and I called the next day to sign up. I've always enjoyed working with my hands and had no intentions of going back to the office life as I needed a solid career with no limits/there is always room to grow in the trades industry! After 17 weeks we received 6 certifications that will take us farther in our career, we've earned a new valuable skillset, we've built lifelong friendships and have the opportunity that we didn't have a few months ago. I will forever be grateful for Jobtrain and for providing the support I needed to get on a better life path. This is a great organization and I hope to see it going strong in another 50 years!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JobTrain is a proven leader in helping those most in need to succeed! They pride themselves on making sure that those who come through their doors have every reason to succeed and no excuses to fail. To accomplish this, they provide not ONLY job training, but assessment, essential life skills, counseling, high quality career placement services and much, much more!

A friendly, knowledgeable and caring staff round out a diverse offering of programs and services. If you or anyone you know needs job training or placement services, you owe it to yourself to give JobTrain a visit!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

JobTrain is an invaluable resource for those who often find themselves with few or no resources to speak of throughout the Bay Area. JobTrain is not just a vocational training facility (although it does that remarkably well!) - it also works hard to help people every step of their way on personal and professional journeys. From childcare, to procuring a professional wardrobe, to obtaining other critical resources, JobTrain is a "one-stop shopping center" for success where the only currency you need is the desire to improve your life!

1 Vikki V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JobTrain does a great job training students for new careers. I use the catering team exclusively for my Board of Directors meetings. I am sure many of the students have not been exposed to catering events, cooking for big groups, working with chefs, creating menus, etc., but I have to say you would not know it unless you are the one hiring them. The folks from the culinary school are very good. The food is delicious and the presentation colorful and inviting. They are on time and always professional. Because it is a teaching catering team, I give them feedback and JobTrain is always very thankful for the suggestions.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

JobTrain provides an invaluable service to the community, and their catering program provides amazing meals for business meetings. Delivery, presentation, and quality are outstanding.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Job Train is a great School with Great Teachers and trainers., I learned so much from Job train.

Upon my completion Job train kept in touch with me, referring me to Job opportunities and places where I could advance my education and training from Job Train Inc.

Thanks to Job Train I was able to secure a great job at Stanford children's Hospital.

I want to thank all Teachers and Staff at Job Train for all that they did for me while I attended the school.

I am now an CNA and working full time at Stanford Children Hospital

I highly recommend Job train to anyone seeking better and new opportunities.

Ferdos



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Client Served

Rating: 5

JobTrain has been God sent! I gained so much knowledge while attending and being a part of the Professional Healthcare Worker Program. It has helped me to come one step closer to pursuing my dreams as a Registered Nurse. The instructor Xavier was phenomenal, and the staff there is so accommodating. I could not have asked for a better experience. I have recommended JobTrain to anyone and everyone I've come into contact with who needs help starting their career. It's good to know that there are still institutions out there who want and are willing to do as much as they can to see their students SUCCEED. I'm extremely proud to be a part of the JobTrain alumni.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

my name is leticia i went to job train for my cna certificate and i appreciate every little thing job train has done for me and for the people who attend its a blessing to have them they are awesome i have a great job after graduating thanks to them and to myself as well for all the hard studying to accomplish a dream

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was jobless and homeless. I had a vision but did not know how to go about it. Jobtrain trained me for free and gave me hope. In Jobtrain, I learnt the importance of increasing my value always through training. Today I live with my family my rented apartment, I am an account Manager with healthcare Services Group and I am an ARF administrator by training, soon I will be licensed and hopefully work towards managing my own Facility. I am glad Jobtrain came to my rescue. Wesley Omoregie

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At JobTrain people gain not only job skills, but the confidence, life skills and support they need to succeed. The graduates of JobTrain transition to sustainable careers, and become role models for their children. The graduates benefit, their families benefit, and the community at-large benefits from JobTrain's programs.

1 Jen_71

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JobTrain is an amazing organization, they do so much for so many people. And it's all free for the clients. When they walk through the door, JobTrain helps them figure out how to get meaningful jobs, based on their skills and interests. The vocational classes are exceptional and the job counselors really understand how to support the whole person - providing transportation help, financial and legal counseling, child care, and wellness.