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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

JobTrain is life changing. It provides essential life and job skills to our community's underserved population. The staff and management of JobTrain are effective and committed to the mission. The clients / students are eager to improve their lives and JobTrain is that resource that supports the efforts. Truly life changing.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a new board member and have been nothing but amazed by the the impact that this organization is having on the community and the individuals that have walked through their doors. The staff is passionate and dedicated to building the programs that will improve the lives of its students and, as evidenced by the many touching reviews, it works. The Bay Area is lucky to have this organization, and I am humbled to be a part of it.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

JobTrain has provided a window out for those who often have none through education and skill training. Anyone who has struggled in their life wants support, but many want a means to get on their own footing and solidly provide for themselves and their family.
My business has worked with JobTrain for decades. The successes are heart warming.

Board Member

Rating: 5

JobTrain changes lives every day. JobTrain not only provides vocational training, but it also provides life training. How to get a job and how to keep a job. I can't speak highly enough of the mission of JobTrain.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the parent of two JobTrain graduates. JobTrain does not only teach vocational skills, but also leadership, responsibility and what it means to be a reliable employee. Everyone is welcome at JobTrain. I have been involved in many non-profit and community organizations, and I can say that JobTrain not only talks the talk, but walks the walk for sure. JobTrain genuinely changes lives for the better every single day!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Job Train plays an incredibly important role in our community by helping those most in need build the skills needed to jump-start their careers. The team at Job Train is top-notch, and knows what it takes to help people prepare for meaningful, well-paying jobs. Job Train is already a legacy in the Bay Area, and continues to stay relevant based on current trends and employment opportunities. It's been an honor to serve Job Train as a volunteer and Board Member. Check us out -- all are welcome!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board Member and a passionate volunteer with JobTrain for the past 22+ years. Through these years, JobTrain has been and continues to be a strong beacon on the peninsula for those most in need to succeed in getting relevant job training to find and hold a quality JOB!! Part of our secret sauce is that all of our graduates go through a rigorous "Life Skills" training which adds tremendous value to the graduates personally as well as to their employers. When each of our graduates lands a job we ring a bell in the school and everyone comes and congratulates the graduate. The smile on their face and the tears in their eyes continually remind us why JobTrain is so valuable in our community. Come check us out!! We give great tours :-) (www.jobtrainworks.org)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I support JobTrain because I strongly believe in the mission which is to provide quality and relevant job training for those in need in our community. It is a great feeling to be able to help those that are unemployed and are in need of current job skills to be able to land a job and change their lives. The stories of our graduates of how JobTrain has changed their lives is a daily testament to the importance of the JobTrain mission. When a JobTrain graduate rings the bell to as they land a job, the entire community wins!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with and on the Board of JobTrain for about 10 years. Every year I am touched by the stories of our students who able to turn their situations around by obtaining and retaining a meaningful job. I encourage everyone to check out what we do, and please come in for a tour of our facility or attend one of our events. Everyone I have spoken to who have taken a tour or attended an event is always impressed by what we do and our successful track record.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Board of JobTrain for about 7 years and I am always amazed and moved by the personal stories of the Graduates of the JobTrain programs. The Graduates consistently credit JobTrain and the amazing staff on providing the drive and motivation to both succeed in class and prepare for success post JobTrain.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Being on the board gives me an inside perspective of JobTrain’s staff and organization. JobTrain’s mission is to train those who have not had the opportunities to be prepared to enter the workplace to earn a living wage. This organization is very well run with staff members who do their jobs because they believe in this mission. The key to the organization’s success is not only its ability to enroll students in their programs, but to "wrap their arms around the students" to ensure that they do not fall through the cracks. JobTrain boasts an amazing 76% post-training placement of students with 89% continued placement one year later.

1 Elvin T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We all need a job, but for many obtaining the skills necessary to get a job is difficult (if not impossible) without the help of a competent and carrying organization such as JobTrain. As a board member of JobTrain I am blessed to have the privilege and honor to be part of an organization that is impacting the lives of so many in need. Carrying out their mission is not a trivial effort, but each day the JobTrain team brings heart and passion to accomplishing their goal - helping those most in need with getting a job. Rock on Job Train!!!

1 Jennifer375

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started a internship here at Jobtrain. I learned so many things throughout the months that I thought to myself it would be great to work here because it was easy for me to commute, the people here were nice, and I liked what I did. I started from April 2014 - to July 2014 as an intern. I was working with Ana Gomez whom worked here at Jobtrain. I would always help her and she taught me some things she did, but also so I can get experience, between those 3 months I felt like I actually worked here;It was then that there was a job opening and thought why not apply and take a chance. I think it was the best thing I did because thanks to Ana I got the job and I'm almost to my 3 months of working for Jobtrain. It has been the best experience ever.

1 Tara V.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to serve on the JobTrain Board. I am a basketball coach and JobTrain is a GREAT team to be part of! The team is led by Sharon Williams. She is surrounded by a caring staff and knowledgeable teachers. Success in the job market is about having a needed skill set. People that graduate from JobTrain are prepared to contribute to the economy with meaningful jobs. I know this first hand. When I wanted a party catered I hired a JobTrain graduate who had his own business of a food truck (Papa's Fusion). I knew he would be dependable and that the food would be delicious. (and it was!!!!) Join the JobTrain team by either graduating from one of the many outstanding programs, volunteering or contributing! Join a winning team, join JobTrain!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

JobTrain strengthens our local economy by improving the job skills of its clients, who have made the commitment to improve themselves by enrolling in one of the great programs at JobTrain. The impact to the client is life-changing, and the entire community benefits as prevously unemployed individuals gain the job skills that they need to obtain employment and become productive members of the community.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

JobTrain is a welcoming organization that meets people where they are without judgement and listens to where they want to go with their lives. Through assessment tools and counselors, JobTrain helps prospective trainees figure out what career choice is best and then provides them with the vocational training to get a well paying job. The secret sauce of JobTrain is providing the life skills and vocational training with the right mix of motivation to achieve 80% training completion and job placement rates. The staff is terrific as many of the student testimonials on this site and the JobTrain website attest. As we say at JobTrain, "We help those most in need succeed." JobTrain has been doing an outstanding job serving its clients for over 40 years--it's a great organization with proven results in which to invest!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The best way to experience the transformative power of JobTrain is to attend a graduation ceremony. Come and you will see dozens of folks stunned and thrilled to have completed the first step of the rest of their lives. JobTrain gives folks who have never had a first chance a second chance to enter society, be productive, and have a great life. They have been quietly doing so for decades and it is high time more people learn about this great organization.