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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JobTrain goes above and beyond when it comes to helping their students and community. The free vocational training that they offer allows people to leave their minimum wage jobs and start a new career for themselves. Before sending their students off they make sure they are ready for the workforce, they truly care for them.

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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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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to visit their facilities and was amazed at the incredible operation they have. They have an amazing impact on many low income people in the area, helping with job training, computer training, finding and applying for jobs, and even tax help! definitely a worthwhile organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Job Train in Menlo Park has allowed me to start a career in the medical assisting field, to better myself , and show my children that no matter your age, you can have a career and succeed!