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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 2017, JobTrain’s placement and retention rates for its vocational training were high: 83% completed their training program; 81% of these graduates were placed in jobs, and of these 85% had a job one year later and many had been promoted. For our population of formerly incarcerated participants, our recidivism rate is 37%, well below the statewide average of almost 60%.

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, 66% were adults and 34% were youth; 95% had very or extremely low income. 34% of our vocational 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: Business Administration, Coding - Web Developer Bootcamp; Culinary Arts, Laborers Construction Fundamentals, Medical Assistant, Professional Health Care Worker, & Project Build: Carpenters Pre-Apprenticeship/Green Technology. To help students further their careers, through a partnership with Cañada College, graduates of our Business Administration, Coding Bootcamp earn college credits.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

1

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.

1

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.

1

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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jobtrain has allowed me to find my true passion, for the last four months, I've been taking classes at Jobtrain, and it is not the regular classroom environment, it feels more like home, and the people at JT make you feel like you are part of a family. In a couple weeks I'll be embarking myself in a new journey, and I'm confident that I'll succeed because JT has prepared me really well to take on any new challenge.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Jobtrain to learn about construction and I ended up learning much more than I have planned to. I took the Project Build class and Marty mandibles was my teacher and he was amazing through out the 17 week class, in all the experience was really Good and Im very grateful to have been lucky enough to find Jobtrain, I could go on but I'll leave it short and sweet. You can't go wrong coming here!!!

Roby

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Client Served

Rating: 5

jobtrain is great and provides people with low incomes to get the skills they need to get a job. Everything is great about this organization and i cannot say enough good things. Even the food truck that comes by is reasonably priced!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard of JobTrain through my mom. I signed up for the Web Development bootcamp. JobTrain has by far exceeded my expectations in their dedication to making sure you become successful. Even our instructor Jessica Parsons has over 10 years of experience and is an excellent instructor. Overall, JobTrain is great and I would recommend this organization to everyone who is interested in bettering their life.

1 ClearConscience

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the establishment looking at how to apply for EDD after being laid off. However, during my visit I also found out they offered vocational training in their Web Development Coding Boot Camp. As I was switching job sectors anyways, I enrolled and found that their program was very immersive and challenging. As I have always been an analytical thinker, it fit in with my thought process and I am doing what I am learning in my free time at home. I am hoping to find a job in Web Development or Database Management by the end of the course.

1 Thomas57

Client Served

Rating: 4

I will give JobTrain a Four star rating because five stars will mean that they have reach the top. Fact is JobTrain is constanty progressing. I aquire my GED at JobTrain. JobTrain Staff, students, and supporters are my family. I was in the building a few weeks back, they restructured the computer room and else where. Keep it 100 JobTrain.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

JobTrain is the best non-profit organization that helps those most in need to succeed. I came here two years ago from another country and even didn't expect to be at the status that I am now. JobTrain staff gives you not just hard skills but the soft skills as well which is very important. Here you have all the opportunities to be successful but a lot depends on you too. Success or failure is a choice that is up to you.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization, a one stop shop – provides vocational training, unemployment assistance, child care, interview attire, and the staff there are incredibly helpful and generous with their time and advice.

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2009, I was laid-off from my job – not knowing what to do, my mother suggested that I look into taking a class at JobTrain. In Fall of 2009, I graduated from the Medical Office Assistant program. In Spring of 2010 I began a new job and have been working for the same company for over four years. JobTrain provided me with the means to get back on my feet.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent program, excellent education. Professional staff. A wonderful organization.

1 Dale19

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a workaholic but was permanently disabled in a. At accident in 1995. After back surgery I trained to work in computers but could not find work after massive layoffs In the industry. I then went to truck school but could not do the work with my disability. I then went to a business college with life time job placement which could not get me placed in a job. Jobtrain was the fourth school I'd attended but the only school that actually trained me into a field I was suited for. I graduated at their expense, not paying anything out of my pocket. I graduated without going into debt as I had already amassed $30,000.00 in student loan debt I could never pay because I could never get work with their training. I graduated with 2 State of California Nursing Licences and a CPR certificate. I graduated and started my own business as a Licensed Home Health Aide. Jobtrain changed my life, got me off of disability checks and back into a life I am proud of.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Migrating from the Pacific Island with a dream. To get a career, I came to Job Train and the staff was so helpful with information of questions I had. So I choose to study and Graduated in 2013 with GED. Was able to work but need some skills, Job Train offered Business Administrative Skills which I appreciate and enjoy with The great teacher and staff.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi I would like to say that JOBTRAIN has been so awesome in my life . I went to phlebotomy school, I finished the program and now I am in there Medical Assistant program , My teacher Jaqueline Laforga is such a great teacher. JOBTRAIN has been a great experience for me it has gave me confidence and a better future.. Thank you so much to all that have helped me at JOBTRAIN ..

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you job train and Jacqueline for an amazing opportunity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Jobtrain has provided very good support to me as a medical assistant student. Everyone is very helpful professional and caring specially my instructor Jaqueline Laforga. She is patient , motivating, inspirational and very good at teaching the skills and everything we need to know in order to perform well in our field. I love coming in her class everyday!!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

JobTrain is a great organization, all of the staff are great! Always smiling and always willing to help with any questions you have. I completed my GED here and now I am a student of the Medical Assisting course. If you are interested in working in the medical field take their program taught by Jacqueline LaForga, she is a phenomenal instructor. The program so far is fast but very educating, I am enjoying it.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with job train has started since i was in High School, I had the opportunity to take after school classes and received school credits. Recently i visited job train and found out about the Medical Assisting Program i got convinced about it and signed up. I am currently enrolled and i am more then happy with my teacher. She is a great motivation , she is working hard to make sure all her students pass. I highly recommend this class.