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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 to peanut butter cookies to savory scones. The cookies will be picked up on December 19th at 10:00 am by members of the San Mateo County Service League, a nonprofit that coordinates services and activities within San Mateo County jails. The League will package the cookies and deliver them to the inmates on Christmas day. Each inmate will receive at least 10 cookies.

Culinary Arts Instructor, Chef Adam Weiner, welcomes the project each year: “It’s great that I can combine parts of our curriculum, in this case baking and production cooking, with something that helps the community. It’s a win-win. My students increase their skill sets while at the same time learning that it is important to give back to the community.”

The Culinary Arts program is one of JobTrain’s full-time vocational training programs that the nonprofit provides to people in San Mateo County at no cost. The success of JobTrain’s programs is illustrated in the high percentage of graduates who obtain employment: last year, 76% of graduates of JobTrain programs obtained high-quality jobs, and one year after placement, 88% were still working.

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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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