Opportunity Junction is a nonprofit organization who is willing to help people who can't afford to pay for their own tuition fees. They teach not only for Microsoft Word Office, Excel, English, Math and typing skills , but they also help their trainees to overcome their fears before helping them to find a job and to see them succeed.
Hello My name is Evelyn Espinal Class 62! I wanted to join because I heard great things about this program thru my brother . The way i was feeling around when I applied the word Can't was always my option. I joined the program June 1st 2020 being nervous with so much fear and anxiety saying no I Can't every day for 1 week. until I really met my teachers Especially Alana she showed me the true meaning of the word Can and I wasn't allowed to say Can't .My kids are so proud of me and Iam proud for staying learning the meaning of family and friends I have a connection with all of my class mates and teachers and most of all myself. Opportunity Junction is a place for growth and finding yourself and to show your resilience because they care and show so much love for you to help you with your journey and to strive .
I have a deep appreciation for Opportunity Junction. I am a recent graduate from their Administrative Career Training program. Through the program, not only did we learn computer skills and office procedures from wonderful, caring teachers, but we also learned many things about ourselves and different ways to approach personal growth. The Opportunity Junction staff is there for you every step of the way and wants to see you succeed. Opportunity Junction changed my life and put me on the path I want to be on.
I started my Microsoft office training program at Opportunity Junction 3 weeks ago and I have learned so much already. The staff are very friendly, organized and supportive. It's a lot of work and homework but we are given lab time with Teacher assistants available to help every day which makes getting the work done possible. There is even a study group available twice a week in the evening. Being provided a laptop, books and other materials needed for no cost is another bonus of the program. It is so great to have the opportunity to join this program. It is truly a Opportunity Junction!
Opportunity Junction has a one of a kind mission with one of a kind staff & clientele. OJ provides access to wonderful programs for all aspects of beginning a career. From training on how to use current software on computers to how to nail an elevator pitch. Welcoming and committed organization that feels like a second family in no time at all.
I have been wanting to learn more about Excel, and this was a great way. I learned so much, and have more to learn! The classes were fun, but also full of useful data. The instructor made sure we all understood, and spent time with each of us.
An invaluable resource that has assisted me in finding gainful employment, and knowledgeable assistance in filing multiple years of taxes. I cannot recommend this group enough, thanks to all of you at Opportunity Junction
These folks paid for my first classes in tech. That path has gotten me to here: moved out of my Mom's house, living in San Francisco on my own, a full employee at Berkeley Lab (with a frickin' pension!), and the ability to work remotely at home during the shelter-in-place.
I remain incredibly grateful for Opportunity Junction.
Oh! Also, as someone who has gone from low-income to moderate-income, Opportunity Junction remains the only tax help filing service that does not have an income cap. They can help anyone; and they are amazing. Alana Chisholm is the best instructor I have ever seen, as well as one of the most dedicated humans to helping other humans.
I came to Opportunity Junction at a crossroad in my life. I was low on computer experience and self esteem and didn't know how to put my life back together. Opportunity Junction was the answer and they provided 100 times what I could have wanted, hoped for or expected. The staff really cares and the intense training was everything I needed for employment and so much more on a personal level. Their mottos say it all: if you are willing to work hard you deserve an opportunity to succeed and they are the road to self-sufficiency:)
Opportunity Junction was so helpful!
I had an unexpected change to my situation in 2019 that led me to shift my career path. I was excited to try something new, and luckily I was in a position to be able to take the time needed to find an option that provided the qualities I wanted in a fulfilling career. I felt confident in my ability to find a new job, but the Opportunity Junction team was highly referred and I figured that the more help I could get, the better. I wasn’t sure if it would be beneficial for my situation, because I already had a great resume written, and I do quite well with interviews, so I was apprehensive going in.
My career counselor, MJ, was absolutely amazing. She helped me really dig into what I was passionate about, and her positivity helped propel me forward. I found her coaching to be very supportive, and it gave me the extra motivation I needed to not settle for an option that I might not have been satisfied with long-term. Her supervisor Shaun was really helpful as well and made sure I received referrals for solid positions that provided the pay and benefits that I was looking for.
After a variety of interviews with numerous organizations, I finally found the perfect career opportunity that matched my needs, and the introduction to that position came straight from MJ and Shaun. I could not be more appreciative of their help!
I'm extremely satisfied with my experience with Opportunity Junction, I could not have asked for more! Thank you MJ and Shaun!
Opportunity Junction is an amazing place to work! The staff is supportive and they care deeply about the community they serve. Also, it is a privilege to be able to work each day with participants who are driven to meet both their personal and professional goals !
I am ecstatic to work alongside coworkers who are so intelligent and committed to helping the community in various ways. It's been truly eye-opening to how many services Opportunity Junction offers, and how we're a great source of information to all we serve.
Opportunity Junction helped me get my life back on track! It has been such an amazing opportunity and experience.
I worked with an amazing Career Counselor that helped me gained back the confidence I lost when I started to second guess my abilities. She was tough, straight-forward, but have a big heart with good intentions! I am so thankful that I was fortunate to work with a great motivator and a mentor by my side when I was going through a tough time in my life..
Opportunity Junction is a non profit that has continued to change the East Contra Costa County community and so many lives. I started out as a partner from the local community college, supporting them in developing a new workforce program, and now proudly serve a as board member. I believe that anyone who who is willing to put effort towards advancing themselves deserves the opportunity to do so and opportunity junction is incredibly successful in supporting so many looking to do so. Opportunity Junction not only supports job seekers with their addressable barriers, but job training, internship and job placement. I continue to be supportive of and impressed by the transformations they deliver.
Amazing organization that changes people's lives. They help each individual the way that helps that person. Their programs have proven effective with sustainable changes through stories and data.
Opportunity Junction truly touches the lives of those they serve, and has measurable results on top of it. They approach their programs with their clients in mind, what matters to them most and how can Opportunity Junction add even more value. Every story I hear from graduates brings me tears hearing how this institution has raised them up to become more confident and earn a livable wage. The mission and how the team executes on it is inspiring!
I joined Opportunity Junction earlier this year and I think it is one of the best career decisions that I have ever made. As a former university graduate admissions officer with a strong interest in serving the community and a passion for diversity, inclusion, and equitable opportunity, I was searching for a next career step that would allow me to utilize my skills and experience and live out my passion for serving the community. I could not have been more thrilled when I found Opportunity Junction. The moment I walked in the doors of this inviting, light-filled office and received a warm welcome, I knew that I was someplace special. Every moment that has followed has been just as delightful. Everything about Opportunity Junction is amazing; trainees, interns, alumni and staff alike are people of passion and purpose, striving to achieve new levels of success, personally and professionally, all with good humor, positivity, and a ready willingness to lend a hand to others in need and all with no cost to our participants. I feel so blessed to be a part of OpportunityJunction.
I went through the administrative program and learned many skills at Opportunity Junction. They really care about your progress and go the extra mile to help you succeed. Opportunity Junction has many wonderful programs and I am glad to have been apart of one.
Opportunity Junction provides an extremely supportive environment for those with limited job experience/skills to build their capabilities and confidence so they can exceed in the workforce. Staff and management are extremely professional, using data and research to identify what services might be most effective to help those in eastern Contra Costa County become more employable and at a higher wage.
Fantastic organization with a true commitment to helping motivated job-seekers support themselves and their families. The staff is committed, hard-working, intelligent, and heart-led.
I have just completed the training portion of Opportunity Junction’s Job Training and Placement Program (located in Antioch, CA). This experience was a lovely surprise and surpassed all my expectations! I wish everyone knew about this local jewel! I learned valuable life skills and Microsoft programs (word and excel) that will help increase my employment opportunities. The staff at Opportunity Junction are generous, dedicated and completely invested in our success. If you want to work hard and earn valuable job skills, get to Opportunity Junction. - Ana
The organization is incredible from the inside out. The trainees, volunteers, board members, donors, supporters, employees, and partners are all incredibly amazing people. Every single staff member cares about and celebrates the successes of each candidate. They really care about what they do and are passionate about making a difference and it shines through all they do. I am so fortunate to work at a place that is making a difference that I get to see first hand every day.
Opportunity Junction was a blessing in my life. I was truly blessed to have been chosen to participate in the program. Opportunity Junction has changed my life immensely. Opportunity Junction is a free program which I am so thankful for because other wise I wouldn't had the financial possibilities to do it on my own. Thank you Opportunity Junction for giving this caterpillar the tools to become a butterfly and fly on her own.
An amazing organization that gave me a life changing experience. I gained computer skills, office management skills, life skills, and was able to find a job right away after I finished my internship.
Opportunity Junction is a great organization. They helped me to improve my computer and office admin skills to an advanced level. They even helped me in finding a job through their connections. I am now full time employed with a great salary and benefits. It is an intense program though but definitely doable if you are serious and want to succeed
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I was fortunate to be selected to attend Opportunity Junctions job training/ placement program at a time where I was facing a crossroad in my life, After a 20+ year career ended due to my position bieng eliminated. I was devistated and shocked and uncertain about my future. The Opportunity Junction program and the staff where there to support me, believe in me and helped me regain the confidence I needed to get back into the work force. Shortly after Graduation I was able to Interview and was hired for a full time permanent position with Contra Costa County. Opportunity Junction is a great program and a gift to our community. I encourage anyone who reads this to visit there website for details about the many opportunities available.
Opportunity Junction is more than just a job training program. I gained valuable experience both while attending and as an ulumni.
Opportunity Junction is the foundation of my new life. While attending I learned so much about myself most important gained confidence and self esteem. Along with the knowledge of Microsoft Office and clerical skills.
As an Ulumni I have the support I need while on the job. I've learned how to advocate for myself in the workplace to get my needs met. Opportunity Junction has helped me become a success and in making 2018 my best year.
Opportunity Junction is a great place to learn new skills, and also learn how to work in a professional workplace. The staff really care about you and want to see you succeed!
Opportunity Junction is not just a nonprofit, but a family of supporters, encouragement and excellent skill building. Not only does it build technological skills, interpersonal skills, but it also focuses on the well-being of its participants with onsite counseling and moments to share with each other. That has been one of the most monumental aspects of my experience at Opportunity Junction, one I treasure, value and encourage others to experience for themselves. If anyone's got the drive and determination and needs the assistance, this program can be nothing but beneficial.
Stepping into opportunity junction changed my life as a single mom. It gave me a boost to keep going. To be able to show my kids that with determination and perseverance you can over come the obstacles. I am truly grateful for the staff and most of all the program
Opportunity Junction makes a real difference in lives of low-income Contra Costa County residents. It is a comprehensive program that delivers on its mission - with an excellent success rate for program participants. By teaching business and life skills, the program proves that those who are willing to work hard can get and keep jobs -- and achieve financial independence. OJ's amazing team provides unbelievable support to participants, demonstrating their dedication and commitment every single day.
Opportunity Junction offers job training and internships needed to help participants succeed including technical and life skills. The training and support is life changing to many; and gives individuals and families that little push they need to be self sustaining. Thank you to leadership and staff for your commitment and outstanding work. I am proud to serve on the board!
Opportunity Junction has helped more than 1000 low-income people get jobs that support themselves and their families.
I am a current student of Opportunity Junction and I have nothing but Great things to say about everyone there. I have learned so many new skills to help me achieve my goal of getting a better job. I recommend the program to everyone who wants to learn new skills.
I have been at Opportunity Junction since January. I signed up to learn about computer skills and to get a better Career . I had no computer skills before this class, now I have better computer skills and typing skills in just 2 months. It takes dedication to be here every day for about 7hrs. You meet great staff members. They are here to help you with what ever you need, even just someone to talk to. There is no cost to you at Opportunity Junction, as they are non-profit organization. At the end of 12 weeks of training you will have a Whole New Look on your Career.
I am a current student at Opportunity Junction. This is a great program and I feel privileged
to be a part of it. I am learning alot of skills that I will need for the upcoming job searching
that I will be doing soon. The instructors are awesome, they are also very caring. I can hardly wait to graduate, to use my newly acquired skills. Word, Excel, Bus Math, Bus English.
I have met some really great people; my fellow classmates and the staff here at Opportunity
Junction they really do care and want to help people out. If you have the opportunity to get
into this program....Do It!
Great Opportunity to get computer skills as well as job training skills. The instructors are great. Training includes Life skill, simple math, Word, Excel, Access, Power Point Business Ethics. Good skills to learn for a great career.
I started the Job Training and Placement Program at the end of September. I was tired and at the end of my rope working minimum wage food service jobs and looking for a way out, and there appeared Opportunity Junction. I have a long history of starting things and not finishing them, but this program was the right fit for me as it is fast paced and allows me to complete the work here without having to worry about finding a way to do it at home. Although this program has been a lot of work, it has been worth it to gain skills that will allow me to find a better job and provide a better future for my child. Thank you Opportunity Junction!
Opportunity Junction is an AWESOME nonprofit organization. Opportunity Junction provides so much to its trainees, alumni and staff. The opportunities here are so amazing. The training is so organized and the staff offers so much knowledge and assistance as well as the alumni. Opportunity Junction provides you with many valuable skills necessary in the workforce as well as life skills and an array of necessary resources to put your life on track. Opportunity Junction is not only an amazing training opportunity but offers so much more.
Opportunity Junction is a non profit organization that offers job training and a plethora of other resources. I am a trainee currently enrolled in the program. OJ has provided me with more opportunity than I could have ever imagined.
I have a generous amount of support from the teachers and full staff. I've learned a great amount about computer software, Business English, dealing with other personality types, and finally about myself. This program has pushed me past limits I never considered.
Since my enrollment 6 weeks ago I've acquired time management skills, problem solving skills and increased my grammar. I am gaining confidence in my professional as well as personal abilities.
In conclusion I highly recommend this program to any one interested in bettering themselves in their career path and in life.
Thank you Opportunity Junction for investing in me.
Opportunity Junction has provided me the skills i will need to succeed in a professional business environment and i could not have asked for a better experience. The staff genuinely care about you and will do everything they can to ensure your success. If it wasn't for O.J. I don't know where my life would be!
Great place! Friendly people, nice environment. I definitely recommend to anyone that is looking to get a good training for a great office career, or just looking to improve their computer skills.
I love this place! I walked in not knowing what I wanted to do, just that I wanted a career and not another dead end job. Everyone there is extremely helpful and genuine, made me feel very welcomed and unashamed to share my story. The teachers will push you to be your best, and are very knowledgeable of outside services that can help you-they genuinely want to help you in every way.
Opportunity Junction goes very deep with it's client. The best part about what they do is create relationships with a populations that really needs them. They become so close by providing 7 months of FREE training and get 92% of their graduates jobs within 6 months of graduation. Amazing place with amazing staff and students.
As a retired public funder of nonprofits serving lower income households, I always evaluated nonprofits on whether we should continue funding based on documented accomplishments. In OJ’s case - jobs! How many clients graduated from OJ’s program is great but more importantly how many were placed in living wage jobs! OJ always exceeded their goals and my expectations! That is why I supported and continue to support the work of this exceptional nonprofit - Opportunity Junction.
I've been in this training program for 4 weeks and it's been an amazing experience. This is a blessing for those who want a change in their life and a great career. The training is worth it, the commitment is worth it! You get more than what you came in with, Opportunity Junction is for the people. They want to see you succeed, which is rare in this day and age. Plus it's FREE, it doesn't get any better than that!
My experience at Opportunity Junction was very worth my time and my new learned computer skills have been a great benefit to my new job at the County. I can give the staff at OJ 5+ stars for providing me new knowledge and guiding me through my most difficult time in my life. I gained self esteem and I was given the opportunity to believe in myself again. My time at OJ was rewarding and graduating was my success! This program changes your life and the staff listen to your needs. I am grateful to have been part of this program and I highly recommend it to the community. Thank you OJ for all your support!
Opportunity Junction is a great non profit. Opportunity Junction cares about equipping their employees to do good in their role. We are like a family here. We come together to make sure that we are doing all that we can to better our programs, reach people, and help them gain the skills and confidence to launch a career!
Hello, I'm Brittany, & currently a trainee at Opportunity Junction class 50 and the JTTP is amazing, I absolutely admire all the staff here: they are super dedicated and like sincerely enjoy doing their jobs which is more or less helping individuals overcome poverty with job training and also an amazing Alumni program that will help you with all you your job searching needs basically FOREVER! When you become apart of the Opportunity Junction family you are able to not only receive job training and career placement, you will be able to receive a professional wardrobe, friends, unbiased opinion,Support,a weekly food bag, and a hot lunch M-T. This is only what i can think of off hand Opportunity Junction offers so much more for anyone who is motivated and ready to begin life again. The staff here will build up your confidence in the workplace and you'll value the experience and appreciate the journey.
Opportunity Junction is a wonderful comprehensive job training and placement program. Not only have I obtained updated computer skills, being able to then obtain certifications from Microsoft for the Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) I have also received training in all other things pertaining to administrative work; typing, how to write a cover letter, resume and how to present myself in an interview... even what clothes to wear! The encouragement and support is awesome.
Starting over. What a true blessing Opportunity Junction is. I learned new computer skills and life skills. The staff at Opportunity Junction is amazing and helpful. If you are looking for a new start in life check out Opportunity Junction it is great place to begin.
When I left the retail industry in an attempt to change careers, I did so in a shattered frame of mind. My previous management team had thoroughly convinced me that I was a failure and unworthy of making the paltry $11 per hour they were paying me. My confidence was in tatters and felt sure that I could never be, or feel like, a success. I left, not out of hope but, out of desperation.
Then I found Opportunity Junction and it has been a godsend. Not only have they provided me with the opportunity to show my current computer skills, while learning new ones, but they have done so in an environment that encourages me to both succeed and feel successful. I cannot stress how important both of those factors can be. Between this, and the other services they offer, I have found hope that I can find a job that is a world above and beyond my previous job experiences.
I firmly believe that there need to be far more programs like Opportunity Junction throughout the country and that, for those that already exist, they must be thoroughly advertised and made well-known.
Without current computer skills, trying to find employment in this day and age was going nowhere for me. Opportunity Junction is providing me training in that and much more. In addition to learning Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Access and PowerPoint, we have the chance to become certified in each category, thereby proving to potential employers that we are proficient in those areas. We also have training in typing, Business English and Math along with various other research projects, giving additional preparation towards interviewing and presentation skills. I had just about exhausted all of my options before coming to Opportunity Junction, but now I am confident that I am on the road to a new chapter in my life, filled with many possibilities. “Thank you so much” doesn’t nearly sum up all to which I am grateful for, since being able to go through the Opportunity Junction program has truly made all the difference in my life’s direction.
Opportunity Junction was a life changer for me, it helped open my computer awareness to a whole new level that is better than I ever could have imagined. One day I decided I didn't want to be in the same situation I always put myself in, and when I heard of this place and what was being offered I knew it was the best choice out there for me. Opportunity Junction is a place where if you need help they try to get you that help in anyway they can, as long as you're doing your part by helping yourself succeed in, and with them you have a great support system to journey with you the whole way.
I have never had a job before, but OJ has helped me gain confidence to get out there and join the work world.
For this program to be free, I have to say you get way more than you could ever expect. The staff here at OJ are very supportive, and willing to go the extra mile to help anyone who is ready for self efficiency. Be warned you need to be ready to put in the time and work if you want to succeed.
So if you have no computer skills, your typing is less than perfect, your confidence can use a boost and your ready to take control of your life, check out Opportunity Junction. There here to help get you on track.
What are you waiting for pick or the phone right now or come by the office Monday Thru Friday.
I decided i needed a career and heard about Opportunity Junction. I decided to enroll and it was probably the best decision i ever made. I improved my typing skills, and was able to earn my Moss in Microsoft Word. The staff here are amazing and make sure they help you every step of the way.
I came to Opportunity Junction with zero Computer Skills and Typing Skills. Guess what? In one month time my score in MOS WORD is above 800 and next week I will get my MOS EXCEL score.The second part of the program I have learned Business Ethics, Business English and Business Math. A whole new world open up to me. I hope to do some good for this new opportunity. Come and see for yourself!
A few days before I applied to Opportunity Junction I had lost my job. I had no idea what I was going to do, and I had always had problems getting a new job. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, and I didn’t have much hope for my future. So, when I was sitting at the orientation for Opportunity Junction I was amazed at how great this program was, and all I was able to think about was how I had no chance at getting in. But for some reason, I was able to get into. I was given second chance at making something out of my life. And I am truly grateful to everybody here for accepting me into this great program and giving me this great opportunity. I’m grateful to the staff, for one, teaching me computer skills, so that I can be qualified for office jobs, and two, for the life skills, so that I could get through the issues that were going on in my life. And now I have been able to start a new career in business administrations.
Opportunity Junction is by far the best non-profit organization for helping low-income individuals gain the necessary skills to enter or re-enter the workforce. You will definitely gain confidence and know that you have the skills necessary to be successful in your career. I've gone through the training program, been an intern and I have a career and start a new employment opportunity soon.
Great program to help people become more self sufficient!
Opportunity Junction is a great program. It has given me a new sense of purpose. I feel ,while in this program that I am learning new skills that I will be able to use in the real, working world. I have connected with new people and I am gaining a better understanding of what skills I need to achieve my goals. Thank you Opportunity Junction. I have been given a new founded passion to learn and achieve greatness...
Opportunity Junction is a great way to get the help you to learn what you need to be competitive in the job world. They help you improve your typing skills, teach you Microsoft Office and also teach us Life skills that help us prepare for a new job. I am very happy and greatful that I am part of this program.
Opportunity Junction is a awesome program because your gain knowledgeable skills to help you find and keep a better job and the program builds up your confidence and life skills
Opportunity Junction is a great place to brush up on or learn new computer skills for almost all of the Office Suite programs. I really like that they are open during the evenings, so that they are accessible to people who work during the day. Every here is very friendly and super helpful if you have any questions.
The job training program seems very helpful for a lot of people. Not only do they give you the opportunity to learn much need computer skills to succeed in a professional environment, but they also give you the opportunity to learn equally important life skills to be able to interact with others on a professional level and to keep your job.