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.