A strong workforce is a vital part of 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.
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, encourage the growth of start-ups and other companies, and help ease the transition of students to the workforce.
MBEP partnered with Bright Futures Education Partnership 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. To review a sample career pathway, click here.
MBEP continues to help local businesses hire local talent and to provide resources for residents to be able to make a living wage. We are part of the consortium that created the Monterey Bay Internships (MBI) site, and now manage this regional resource. MBI has over 3,000 registered users and has placed over 150 interns. MBI is free and easily accessible to employers seeking interns and students seeking internship opportunities throughout the Monterey Bay Region. Opportunities are available in various locations to students in all educational institutions and disciplines.
MBEP and Bright Futures Education Partnership have launched Monterey Bay Career Connect to inspire high school and middle school students to explore local career and education options. With support from many of the region’s colleges and universities, Monterey Bay Career Connect serves as a portal to Monterey Bay Career Coach, a powerful online tool designed to help guide local students towards promising careers and educational programs in the Monterey Bay region.
MBEP provides workforce support directly for our members by convening key stakeholders to solve workforce talent gaps and work on specific workforce pipeline issues. MBEP members can submit requests for workforce projects and events via the Member Center. A new recruitment tool, Work Opportunities, has been added to the Monterey Bay Career Coach site, which is available for MBEP members to access via their Employer Portal. Interested in becoming a member? Learn more about our member information and benefits here! Visit our Events page to see what we’ve been up to!
The Monterey Bay region is known for strong programs in higher education and research, with unique combinations of talent and language, and a broad spectrum of curriculum. The area boasts multiple institutions of higher learning, wildlife and marine-related reserves, and several government agencies, each one contributing to an extensive research environment. In addition, language programs ranging from community college to the graduate level are available in the region, graduate business programs, law schools, and a public policy institute.
Higher Education Institutions & College Scorecard
The College Scorecardprovided by the U.S. Department of Education, offers data and factors about higher education in the United States that is important to prospective students. Click on the links below to view information on each college website in the Monterey Bay Region and the College Scorecard summary:
The table below shows the top employers in the Monterey Bay region in 2015 based on employment data provided by AMBAG using data from Info USA Employment Data. City and County employment provided by Payday California .
Top 15 Employers – Monterey County
1) AMBAG using Info USA Employment Data 2015 (Downloaded 9/14/2016)
2) City and County employment provided by Payday California
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