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The Menlo Park-based non-profit, JobTrain, celebrated its 50th year on Friday, May 8, 2015, gathering with hundreds of friends and supporters, JobTrain partners, Bay Area employers, students, volunteers, and community leaders on the field at Levi’s Stadium.

The organization announced the creation of Let’s Move the Needle campaign which is designed to engage Silicon Valley and the entire San Francisco Bay Area in partnering to help those most in need to succeed. This campaign will engage employees of Bay Area companies as partners in JobTrain’s skills upgrade, vocational training and job placement programs.

For 50 years, JobTrain has helped people realize their potential and move from no job or poverty-level employment to middle-income jobs and great success. Many of JobTrain’s students have become employers themselves and stay connected to help the next generation. The Let’s Move the Needle campaign recognizes this pool of potential partners within the Bay Area workforce and is designed to leverage their skills and expertise.

This year’s featured speaker was former Google executive Alan Eustace, whose 2014 freefall skydive from 135,890 feet above the Earth over Roswell, New Mexico set a new world record.

The Community Champion Award was presented to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department for its longstanding partnership with JobTrain to reduce recidivism rates in the community.

Director of Environmental Careers Worker Training Programs for CPWR received this year’s Role Model Award.

Claudia Castillo graduate of the Professional Healthcare Worker program received the Paul M. Cook Alumni Award.

JobTrain also announced the Paul M. Cook Trailblazer Fund, started by the Cook family in honor of Paul’s 90th birthday and his more than 30 years of dedication to JobTrain. This fund will help extend the impact of JobTrain’s programs and services as well as develop new pathways to employment for our clients.

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10,000 cookies will be delivered to San Mateo County inmates on Christmas, thanks to JobTrain

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For the fifth year in a row, students from JobTrain, a Menlo Park-based, nonprofit organization that provides job training and placement services, have baked thousands of cookies for inmates in San Mateo County to make their holidays a little bit brighter. The nearly 10,000 cookies, baked by JobTrain Culinary Arts students, range from chocolate chip […]

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100 JobTrain students graduate from the Menlo Park nonprofit’s vocational training programs

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JobTrain, a nonprofit organization that provides job training and placement, will honor approximately 100 students graduating from its vocational trainings programs on Monday, Dec. 2. The graduation will be held at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. The evening will be led by Master of Ceremonies Siosiua “C2” Vea, Administrative Services Specialist at JobTrain, who is […]

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Nora Sobolov takes the helm as JobTrain’s new Executive Director

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JobTrain Executive Director Nora Sobolov was only three days into her new position with we visited with her last week at the JobTrain facility in Menlo Park. But that didn’t mean she had no thoughts about the direction the vocational training and placement organization would be heading — or how she came to be involved in […]

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Venture capitalist Russell Pyne steps into the classroom, teaching life skills to JobTrain clients

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Atherton resident Russell Pyne has had a long association with JobTrain, the Menlo Park-based non-profit that provides career counseling and job placement services that help people break out from a cycle of poverty due to low education levels, homelessness, drugs, crime, and/or prison. He was a board member for 17 years and served as board chair. He’s […]

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Santa pays an early visit to JobTrain in Menlo Park

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Santa and his helpers paid an early visit to JobTrain in Menlo Park on yesterday (12/19), where he distributed gifts to kids whose unemployed parents are pursuing vocational training and employment assistance. Children’s wish lists were granted by donations from community partners and JobTrain’s Board of Directors. The JobTrain training facility was transformed into a […]

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JobTrain plans fall fundraiser on Oct. 12 at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park

The non-profit vocational training center, JobTrain, is holding its fall fundraising gala on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park. The evening features a cocktail reception and dancing to Pride and Joy. Net proceeds will go directly toward operating JobTrain programs. Since 1965, JobTrain has helped more than 165,000 men and women […]

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Inmates show off their culinary skills with help from JobTrain Chef Adam Weiner

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Inmates of the San Mateo County Jail will be showcasing their cooking talents in the first ever Culinary Cook-off organized by the Sheriff’s department and Menlo Park-based JobTrain, the non-profit organization that offers full-time vocational training and GED preparation. “One of our vocational training programs is Culinary Arts,” emails Lori Stone, JobTrain’s Director of Development […]

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JobTrain: Offering a hand up, not a hand out

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Enter any of the classrooms on the JobTrain (formerly OICW) campus and you instantly feel the energy. The students attending the seven daytime vocational training programs are there not only to learn a marketable skill but to change their lives. “We help those most in need to succeed,” says Executive Director Sharon Williams (pictured with […]

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