Thursday, June 11, 2009
PRESS RELEASE JobTrain
Contact: Kail Lubarsky
Development & Marketing
JOBTRAIN SPRING GRADUATION: TODAY, JUNE 11, 2009
Menlo Park, CA Ð JUNE 11, 2009 Ð JobTrainÕs graduation is unlike those typically covered in
the media. Our graduates have overcome extraordinary and unconscionable barriers ranging
from homelessness, parental abuse, poverty, debilitating illnesses, substance abuse and even
incarceration. Yet, despite their amazing and brilliant achievements Ð theyÕre efforts-- and even
well-deserved 15 minutes of fame Ð are eclipsed by conventional graduations which are always
covered in the media.
The JobTrain graduation is parallel to none; and will occur tonight, June 11, 2009 at 7
oÕclock. Our graduates would be honored and more importantly, obtain a greater sense of
purpose and self value if youÕre there to acknowledge their success.
Resultant of the protracted economic crisis and statewide 9% unemployment rate, JobTrain will
graduate its largest class at St. John Missionary Baptist Church this evening. Exactly 239
students will receive Certificates of Program Completion at JobTrainÕs 17th annual graduation
JobTrain, established in 1965 under the OIC of America affiliation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational
and vocational training institution. We provide services to disenfranchised residents of East Palo Alto,
east Menlo Park and areas of Redwood City. WeÕre fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools
and Colleges and provide impactful programs structured to eradicate the pervasive cycle of homelessness,
welfare, unemployment, substance abuse and crime Ð all of which are insidious throughout these
JobTrain is founded on the belief in the potential in every human being. We believe that through training,
encouragement and inspiration, our trainees will become self-supporting and thriving members of society.
Throughout our history, weÕve reached 130,000 people with transformative and impactful programs. In
2008 approximately 4,500 clients participated in a variant of programs ranging from Culinary Arts to Solar
Panel Installation to becoming a Health Care Professional. Since our inception 44 years ago, our
philosophy has remained intact: Provide our clients with a hand up Ðnever a hand-out!
WHAT: JobTrain 17th Annual Graduation
WHERE: St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1050 Bay Road East Palo Alto
WHEN: June 11, 2009 at 7:00p.m.