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.  For the latest news from the initiative, check out our quarterly Career Connect newsletterSign up to receive the latest news delivered directly to your inbox.

Current Projects
  • 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.

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  • 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 My Career Coach, a powerful online tool designed to help guide local students towards promising careers and educational programs in the Monterey Bay region.

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  • 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. To review a sample career pathway, click here.

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