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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

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Providing opportunities to chase your dream and get back on your feet has been the JobTrain mission for 51 years. This organization has been helping to transform lives since 1965. I am a home-grown tomato and I owe much to JobTrain. After graduating from one of JobTrain's training programs, I was hired as a member of the staff. I help provide opportunities to those most in need, because someone once did it for me.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love JobTrain! They offer qualify training and other supportive services to the community. They are committed to helping unprivileged populations and those who are lacking basic skills. They are experts in their fields of training and they have a large group of employers who support their efforts and hire their graduates. If you have not stopped into JobTrain-- please do and see all the wonderful services and training they offer!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JobTrain is great organization committed to helping those most in need. They offer many supplemental services that benefit the whole community. JobTrain has excellent instructors, career advisors, and other administrative staff. They have many employer connections and they help match students with the right training path for them.

If you are looking for an employment opportunity, GO TO JOBTRAIN. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JobTrain is an exceptional organization that trains students in an "on-the-job" modality that truly prepares them for today's workforce. Not only are the classes relevant and up-to-date, but JobTrain also has great supportive services : Lifeskills and Job Readiness modules, resume development, partners like EDD, the "Single Stop" that can help you with many personal issues from financial literacy to childcare help -and much more. My experience with JobTrain is that no matter how tough the situation one is in can be, this place can always make it possible to overcome and move forward!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Success leads to success. I have seen people move from individuals who have not known success in their lives to people who now have jobs and who are moving into careers. The environment at JobTrain is one that helps people become successful where that are at, and then teaches them how to build upon their success.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Still completing my first year working at JobTrain, and very happy to be here! Having worked in nonprofit management both nationally and globally, I have brought fresh eyes and critical thinking to my role as COO here. My own research of outcome measures showed JobTrain to be a top performer both regionally and at the national level. I wanted to see what makes an organization like this tick. Fifty years of focus and innovation have made JobTrain a leader and throughout it all the organization strives to treat everyone with dignity and respect. There is a “can do” spirit here that we all work very hard at making as infectious as possible. Success breeds success so our programs are designed to meet people where they are at, help them achieve initial successes, and then build on that success to help them change their lives. For many people, success has been elusive in their lives but once here in this world where success is designed to be contagious, they suddenly see that new beginnings are possible. All of this makes it a joy for me to come to work each day as we consistently strategize to seek innovative ways of breaking the cycle of poverty.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the JobTrain 50th Anniversary Breakfast of Champions event, and was very impressed with both the organization and their students. JobTrain does an excellent job helping people gain the skills they need to get a good job. The stories of their students are inspiring!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JobTrain is an amazing organization that helps people transform their lives. I have been a supporter of this organization for many years, and am impressed with the level of service they provide to the community. Their job training programs gets results! Over 75 of graduates are placed in high quality jobs. This organization helps youth and adults break the cycle of poverty for the long-term.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization with a friendly vibe.
There is a person who answers the main phone line-not a robot.
The staff treat you like a person- not a number.
They help people launch new careers- not just a job.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had been at a company for 5 years my position was no longer available. I couldn't find a job and decided to update my skills here at JobTrain. With the skills gained at Jobrain I was able get a job here at JobTrain I am a home grown tomato as they say :) . Jobtrain is an organization that helps people make changes to improve themselves. I have been at this company for two years now and can honestly say it is a great place to work everyone is friendly and has the same goal of helping those most in need to succeed.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

JobTrain is definitely a wonderful organization. Its unique and distinct mission and incomparable commitment to the community is admirable. I believe in providing opportunity to everyone regardless of their hardship and background and in order for a cohesive and thriving society, we need organizations like JobTrain!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JobTrain is a great community resource! The staff is very helpful and want students to succeed! They offer various vocational courses and also helpful resources like tax assistance, EDD, daycare, wellness education and financial advise. They continue to shine and help those in need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JobTrain is a great organization where people can change their lives! There's so many opportunities and resources that Jobtrain has to offer our community. They truly help a lot of people and it's definitely improved our communities in a positive way. If you are in need of changing careers or looking into a new career to better your life, this is the place to start! The staff at JobTrain are friendly and helpful and want you to succeed! This is definitely a great organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have worked with Job Train for the past 4 years and have found them to be a community organization with an impeccable record. I could go and on but these figures speak for themselves; 8,000 people served in 2013, 87% enrolled in full-time vocational training completed their program, 76 graduates placed in careers and 88% still working one year later and many of them promoted. With daytime and evening training programs, Job Train serves the adult and the youth communities. To find out more about Job Train, please check out their web site at www.jobtrainworks.org.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jobtrain is a wonderful non-profit, they helps everyone that comes through the door. From unemployed, underemployed and all walks of life. JobTrain is there to help train clients and help them obtain jobs. They get a since of pride in themselves, and are able to become self sufficient. I am speaking from experience, as I was laid off and attended the Medical office assistant class. They were very supportive in all aspects. I am now a full time employee; helping the same clients that I once was.... 5 Stars for JobTrain.

1 JTFacilities

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the Facilities Manager I'm going to laud an aspect of JobTrain that hasn't been addressed yet in all these reviews and that is the facility itself. JobTrain isn't a hole in the wall operation! We have over thirty thousand square feet of classrooms, administration, support services for students as well as outside partner agencies housed here, along with parking and outdoor amenities beyond that thirty thousand square feet! And we could do so much more given the resources!

Our staff and faculty constantly review and refine our approach to providing the best environment possible for students and clients, and while it's always a challenge to keep from bursting at the seams with the demands of what we accomplish here, we are darned proud of the results! Great people! Great place! This organization deserves to be supported so that it can continue to grow and move forward on its mission.

1 Jacqueline25

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jobtrain offers great programs that can train students in a very short time that can help them secure a great job in the Healthcare field, Food industry, construction, and administration. Students find it helpful to transition from being unemployed to having valuable tools and skills to secure a job to support their family. Jobtrain offers support and specialized training to all students who enroll in their program at no cost to them!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JobTrain is where I got my start after relocating to California. I was hired as the Receptionist after completing my Clerical Skills Course, later I was hired as Counseling Clerk and thereafter the Office/Computer Skills Instructor. JobTrain is a great organization to obtain your livelihood and become a self sufficient individual.