JobTrain, Inc.

Your Pathway to a Successful Future

Menlo Park, CA   |  http://www.jobtrainworks.org

Mission

JobTrain is committed to helping those who are most in need to succeed. Our purpose is to improve the lives of people in our community through assessment, job skills training, and high potential career placement. We serve people throughout San Mateo County, CA. and surrounding counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Notes from the nonprofit

JobTrain is founded on a belief in the potential of every human being. We believe that through training, skills development, encouragement and inspiration, people will be empowered to become self-supporting and thriving members of society.

Ruling year info

1965

President and CEO

Mr. Barrie Hathaway

Main address

1200 O'Brien Drive

Menlo Park, CA 94025 USA

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Formerly known as

Opportunities Industrialization Center-West

EIN

94-1712371

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Thought Leadership/Influencing Systems Change: In 2021 JobTrain built on the success of our Broken Pathway Report 2.0., by publishing an updated Broken Pathway Report 3.0, that examines poverty in the Bay Area and inequities in the region. The Report provides a unique lens on demographics and workforce data for the region. The Report is educating community leaders on the needs of Bay Area, providing the data needed to help make decisions related to workforce issues, and inspiring community members and nonprofits to tackle the challenge of poverty in our region. A copy of the Report is available on JobTrain's website at www.jobtrainworks.org.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Vocational Training

JobTrain's career 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 generally 11 weeks. Clinical work and internships in some programs may extend the length of the program. Career offerings: Building Maintenance; Culinary Arts; Certified Nursing Assistant; IT Service and Support;Medical Assistant; Network Plus IT Training; and Project Build: Carpenters Pre-Apprenticeship.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

JobTrain provides full-time career training, skills upgrade services and job placement. We also have an on-site Resource Center that provides a variety of employment services, including free computers, phones, and fax machines, assessments, life skills/job readiness workshops, employer presentations, and assistance with resumes and job searches.

After assessment, individuals may be referred to JobTrain for training or other services. Each vocational student receives one-on-one support from a counselor who helps them navigate their individual challenges.  Counselors help clients identify career goals and establish plans for achieving their goals, match students with job openings, and provide job search and job preparation support. Counselors follow up with students after placement in case they need additional support to successfully retain their jobs. JobTrain also assists employers who are seeking qualified individuals for their job openings. JobTrain also assists employers who are seeking qualified individuals for their job openings.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Skills upgrade training prepares students for success in career training and advancing their careers. Upgrade training provides flexible access to skills and knowledge that enables individuals to secure better jobs and remain competitive in the job market. Offerings include GED preparation, Academic Skills for Employment (including vocational math for specific industries), and English as a Second Language. Classes are scheduled during the day time and evenings.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

JobTrain offers a host of programs for at-risk youth ages 16-24 years who are no longer in school and looking for ways to upgrade their skills or learn new ones in our career training classes. Youth Services also provides support, resources, and guidance to achieve education and career goals, which can include: Improving basic skills (i.e. math and reading); Gaining work experience; Attaining high school diploma/GED; Pursuing higher education and/or career training; Job placement and follow up. JobTrain also provides at-risk high school students with the opportunity to gain job skills.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

JobTrain’s Child Development Center provides services that go well beyond simply day care.  Our caring, experienced and dedicated staff uses an Emergent curriculum, which is designed to accommodate differences in children's learning styles and to nurture and stimulate their intellectual and emotional development.  In addition to classroom work, the children attend field trips, and are visited by community agencies such as  local Fire and Police departments. JobTrain's Child Development Center staff is dedicated to providing the highest quality care in order to prepare children for the challenges of kindergarten, elementary school and beyond. Our center is fully licensed by the state and is a valuable resource for our clients and the community.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

The Supportive Services Center assists individuals and families enroll in public benefits (i.e. Medi-Cal, Cal-Fresh). The Center also refers people to needed legal, housing and child-care services.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 2016

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 2022

Awards

Title IV Accreditation (6-year term) 2016

Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC)

Focus on Learning Accreditation (renewal, 6-year term) 2005

Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC)

J. Russell Kent Award 2013

San Mateo County School Board Association

Affiliations & memberships

OIC America 1965

Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce 2022

South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce 2022

Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce 2022

San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average hourly wage of clients who became employed after job skills training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth, Immigrants and migrants, Incarcerated people, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Vocational Training

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In Fiscal Year 2019 the average hourly wage was $22.65 per hour.

Number of clients who complete job skills training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth, Immigrants and migrants, Incarcerated people, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Vocational Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In FY 2019, 397 clients enrolled full-time career training.

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Career and Placement Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In FY 2019, over 300 participants gained employment.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Father John Sweeny founded Opportunities Industrialization Center West (OICW) in 1965 to address the unemployment and poverty in his East Palo Alto community. For 55 years, JobTrain (formerly known as OICW) has been helping individuals break the cycle of poverty and improve their lives by providing the job training and life skills they need to succeed.

Since the organization began, over 195,000 people have benefited from JobTrain's programs. JobTrain's career training programs and educational services provide youth and adults with the opportunity to gain job skills, further their education, and improve their lives for the long-term.

Goals: JobTrain's fiscal year 2021goals (7/1/2021– 6/30/2021): 85% of students will successfully complete their programs; 75% of graduates will obtain jobs with an average wage of at least $21.50 /hour. In skills upgrade training, clients will gain new academic or career skills through: GED preparation, Computer Literacy classes, ESL classes, rapid employment services, in-jail services or returning to school.

Strategy 1 - Provide quality career training that leads to career placements in areas of high growth employment.

Strategy 2 - Provide Essential Skills training/counseling designed to prepare clients for long term professional and personal success.

Strategy 3 - Maintain connectivity with clients after they leave JobTrain.

Core assets:

1. Providing services since 1965, JobTrain has a successful track record of serving low income communities. The organization is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and is respected as a quality service-provider by the community, employers and funders.

2. JobTrain excels at evaluating and adapting to the job marketplace, developing training classes that meet both client needs and projected employment demands.

3. Experienced, dedicated staff, with an average tenure of 9 years. A committed, all-volunteer Board is active in fundraising and strategic planning.

4. Approximately 25% of JobTrain staff are JobTrain graduates, which illustrates the power of our training programs and also helps JobTrain to continue to stay relevant to the needs of clients.

Partnerships:
To leverage resources, JobTrain collaborates with local nonprofit organizations, community groups and cities in San Mateo County. JobTrain's Supportive Services Center assists individuals and families with obtaining benefits such as Cal Fresh, (formerly known as food stamps), medical insurance, childcare, financial counseling and legal assistance. EDD (Employment Development Department) also have sites at JobTrain, providing community members with additional job resources.

Our long term goal is to expand training and support programs to serve more clients, with the result that peoples lives are transformed from unemployment and poverty to sustainable employment and financial stability. By empowering people to gain job skills, education and life skills, individuals can provide for themselves and their families, and become engaged in their community.

Our specific outcome goals (85% of students complete training and 75% are placed in employment) illustrate the progress we are making towards the overall goal. Our trainings are full-time, quality classes in high-potential career fields, which results in changing people's lives for the long-term.

One obstacle is insufficient funding to provide services to the large number of people who need job training and support. To address this need, JobTrain works to maintain a diversified funding base, with support from grants, individuals and businesses.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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JobTrain, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Ellen Eder

Vice President, Oracle

Term: 2019 - 2022

Isaiah Vi

Information Technology Analyst - San Mateo County & JobTrain Graduate

Ellen Eder

Oracle, , Vice President

Bruce Harrison

President, SV Development, El Camino Hospital

Dan Finnegan

Retired CEO, Jobvite

Brian Beattie

Retired CFO, Synopsys

Anjali Anagol-Subbarao

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Karen Bradford

Dir. Strategic Planning, NASA Ames Res. Ctr.

Juanita Croft

Educational Technology Consultant/Teacher

Jackie Ishimaru-Gachina

CEO, Gachina Landscaping

Alex Holt

Global Head Telecoms, KPMG

Mayuresh Kulkarni

Senior Mgr., Search and Sensei

Lisa Lee

VP of Audit, Google

Kim Lopez

Int. President Canada College

Richard Leong

VP of Colleague Exp. & Technology; VMWare

Sherri Sager

Chief Gov't. Com. Relations; Lucille Packard Children's Hospital

Misti Sangani

Managing Dir., Sr. Philanthropic Strategist, Bk of America

Cecilia Taylor

Menlo Park City Council & Ex. Director Belle Haven Human Services

Orlando White

Head of Com. Dev. in N. America; Linkedin

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/14/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/13/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.