JobTrain, a Menlo Park nonprofit that provides job training and career placement at no cost to low-income Bay Area residents, will receive a three-year, $1.5 million grant to support its programs, the organization announced on Sept. 17 at an open house at its training facility, 1200 O'Brien Drive in Menlo Park.
The grant, donated by Patrick and Tamar Pichette, and Alan Eustace and Kathy Kwan, will be directed toward JobTrain's Move The Needle Campaign. The campaign, launched in May, is designed to engage employees of Bay Area companies as partners in JobTrain programs to upgrade skills, provide vocational training and place graduates in jobs.
The donors have been long-term supporters of JobTrain's operations. Patrick Pichette, Google's former CFO, was JobTrain's 2014 Breakfast of Champions keynote speaker. Tamar Pichette, vice president of the JobTrain board, teaches an essential skills class at JobTrain, as does Kathy Kwan. Alan Eustace, former senior vice president of knowledge at Google, was the keynote speaker at JobTrain's 2015 Breakfast of Champions event.
At the open house, Patrick and Tamar Pichette and Kathy Kwan discussed how their donation will support existing programs and new initiatives.
According to JobTrain, 76 percent of JobTrain graduates are placed in jobs, and 88 percent of those were still working a year after graduation.
In its 50 years of operation, more than 190,000 people have benefited from a JobTrain program or service, the organization said.