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S E C T I O N 2 Community S TO R I E S A B O U T P E O P L E A N D E V E N T S I N T H E C O M M U N I T Y Nora Sobolov, JobTrain’s new executive director, and Alonzo Emery, director of program operations, check in with students learning about the pulmonary system. JobTrain enters new era Menlo Park job-training center has helped thousands land jobs Story by Sandy Brundage Photos by Michelle Le B ells ringing in the workplace: Fire alarm? Stock exchange closing? If you’re at JobTrain, that sound means someone got a job, and everyone spills into the hallways to celebrate. There’s been a lot of bell-ringing since JobTrain opened in 1965. The nonprofit focuses on providing free or low-cost services to underserved populations, such as veterans, the homeless, the long-term unemployed, parolees, people recovering from addictions, the underemployed, and at-risk youth. In 2012 alone, 8,645 people came to the nonprofit for help with job training, developing life skills, getting their GED and other challenges. Of those, 77 Sharron percent found work, Williams according to the orgaserved as nization’s most recent executive director annual report. That for 34 was a banner year as years. JobTrain saw a record number of clients. The nonprof it racked up success after success with Sharon Williams as executive director until she decided to retire after 34 years in the top spot. Now another director is at the helm, and the Almanac caught up with Nora Sobolov on Sept. 4, about 12 hours into her new job. The shelves of her new office were still empty, as she hadn’t had much time to unpack. Ms. Sobolov comes with a background in finance (continued on page 19) September 11, 2013NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN17

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