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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: 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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

Jobtrain is a really great school. They don't Judge nobody, they don't try to figure out if someone deserves something or not. They lift the fallen, Restore the broken and help so many to reach their goals.

Thank You Jobtrain for everything.
your Current Student in the culinary art program.



Rating: 5

I have been popping in & out of JobTrain to do job searching for a few months now. Then I over heard there would be a Medical Assisting class starting up. My eyes opened wide and my ears became very receptive. I immediately enrolled and made sure to get in the class. I am so grateful and privileged to have been accepted, started and continuing to attend the MA class. I have a knowledgeable, humorous, detailed, caring, and experienced instructor (Jacqueline LaForga). I am truly very appreciative of the opportunity given to me by JobTrain with education, financial counseling, self well being, and EDD. It is also good to know they they have other resources that might just be helpful whenever I might need them.

Once again - a GREAT BIG SHOUT out to my instructor Jacqueline LaForga - makes class always interesting and that I do not want to miss a day...!!!

Doing this for ME..!!!


Rating: 4

Jobtrain is a great place and has all the help you need inside the building from edd to even therapy help.Courses are intens and short but the certificate they provide are good help.


Rating: 5

I attended Computer Service Technician class after getting displaced as computer applications programmer, at which I had worked steadily for over 30 years. JobTrain taught me skills I needed to join MileStone Technologies as IMAC technician, moving computers between sites. I would never have gotten hired to another job without JobTrain's outstanding instruction, support and facilities!


Rating: 5

I have been involved with JobTrain for more than 20 years as a board member or volunteer. It's truly an organization that changes people's lives. JobTrain helps people who are willing to work hard to learn a marketable skill. It's not a hand out. It's a hand up for people who simply need a little help grasping the first rung of the ladder of success.



Rating: 5

This is a good place to learn a new skills for the future. They are few places like this willing to help, the community. [This review was transcribed by a GreatNonprofits staff member.]