High School Programs

JobTrain provides at-risk high school students with the opportunity to gain job skills while earning high school elective credits.

Our Youth Services offers 3 high school programs in San Mateo County:


  • Digital Arts

New for 2015 – 2016, an innovative program is being offered at Redwood High School, a continuation school in Redwood City, that targets at-risk high school students to be successful in school.  Digital Arts is a hands-on class that engages students with multimedia-making tools on the computer to make movies, music, visual art, and animation. Students will learn camera basics, basic design principles, proper mic techniques, PhotoShop, and copyright rules.

Digital Arts students could expect to find work in careers such as design, animation, audio recording or video production. Students may also utilize their transferable skills learned in the class towards an ever changing marketplace for innovation in the Silicon Valley area. Graduates of previous Digital Arts classes at JobTrain have showcased their work in large international film festivals and Adobe Sponsored events.


  • Student Conservation Association (SCA)

School Year Community Crew: In its 6th year at JobTrain, Community Crew engages youth in comprehensive outdoor experiences, community service, and hands-on environmental education.   This program combines classroom-based environmental learning with experiential community-based activities, such as community gardening, visiting green businesses, and connecting with local conservation groups. Community Crew meets once a month for an evening meeting focused on environmental education and team building, followed by a monthly weekend camping trip. The monthly weekend trips include, but are not limited to, recreation, camping, trail maintenance, invasive/native plant work, habitat restoration, and community garden work. Participants must be ages 15-19 and can earn up to 30 hours of community service. Community Crew starts in December and ends in May. All gear is provided. No experience is necessary.

GIS Technology Summer Program:  Introduced in 2015, the SCA summer GIS program is a four-five week program focused on mapping natural resources in San Mateo County Parks. Participants will receive basic GIS technology training and an hourly wage. The team will consist of 6 members, ages 16-19, and two adult leaders. As a group the team will hike San Mateo County Parks with GIS technology, adding important details about the land to the larger San Mateo County Parks resource database. The team will also take part in habitat restoration projects and at least one weekend long camping trip.  Field trips are also included.

Careers in GIS include, but are not limited to: Renewable Energy, Healthcare, City Planning, Resource Inventory, Public Administration, Real Estate, Geospatial Industry, Archeology, and App Development.


  • Culinary Arts

In partnership with San Mateo County Probation, JobTrain offers young men ages 13 – 18 at Camp Glenwood, a residential facility located in La Honda, CA, an opportunity to gain skills in the culinary field.  Culinary Arts is a hands-on class that introduces students to the basics of cooking, knife skills, kitchen sanitation, and safety. Students are exposed to a variety of ethnic cuisines and make a wide range of dishes using many different ingredients. Food preparation work includes learning to make sauces, soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Students work in teams and individually to complete assigned tasks.