A strong workforce is a vital part of having a sustainable and prosperous economy.  High unemployment levels, a lack of trained, ready to work population, and a growing skills gap are just a few of the challenges that hinder economic development throughout the Monterey Bay Region. MBEP’s Workforce Development Initiative seeks to create positive change through collaborative approaches that bring new resources to the region, amplify the impact of best practices, assist with startups and expanding companies, and help better align education with job sectors.

As part of the MBEP's Workforce Development initiative, we have three projects:

Monterey Bay Internships (MBI). Internships are a vital component to training our future workforce. MBI is an easily accessible resource that connects employers with students seeking internship opportunities throughout the Monterey Bay Region. Opportunities are available irrespective of location, educational institution or discipline providing an efficient solution to the search process for both students and employers.


Monterey Bay Career Connect. Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) and Bright Futures Education Partnership are launching a new resource to bring “Local answers for local students” to the tri-county region. With support from many of the region’s colleges and universities, Monterey Bay Career Connect serves as a portal to MY Career Coach, a powerful online tool designed to help guide local students towards promising careers and educational programs here in the Monterey Bay Region.


Career Pathways Project. MBEP has also partnered with Bright Futures to support existing career pathways and foster tri-county strategic advancement of future career pathway design. With initial support from the Lumina Foundation, a regional career pathway master plan was created which is enabling shared strategies to further expand pathways, enhance future regional grant opportunities and offer more robust options for career seekers. For the full report click here. To view a sample pathway, click here.