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!
At the center of a strong future workforce is education for our students and how well they are prepared to enter the workforce. A strong education today will ensure a vibrant and skilled future workforce capable of meeting the needs of a changing world. A well-educated workforce is critical to having a strong regional economy.
Bright Futures Education Partnership
MBEP partners with Bright Futures, a community partnership of diverse members fostering progress in education outcomes for local students, from cradle to career, and improving the pipeline of quality talent within Monterey County. Bright Futures provides an excellent infographic (The Pipeline to Bright Futures) that showcases the progression of education in Monterey County. Bright Futures focuses on 7 Community Goal & Indicators to improve Cradle to Career educational outcomes. Please visit Bright Futures for additional information.
California School Dashboard
For an in-depth look into the performance of the schools in the Monterey Bay Region, EdSource provides the California School Dashboard. The easy to use dashboard summarizes measures of achievements for each school based on data and reports from the California Department of Education.
Please visit the site here or click on the image below to search for schools in the region to explore the following indicators:
College/Career Readiness Indicator
English Language Arts Performance
High School Graduation Rate
Ed-Data is a partnership of the California Department of Education, EdSource, and the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team/California School Information Services (FCMAT/CSIS) designed to offer educators, policy makers, the legislature, parents, and the public quick access to timely and comprehensive data about K-12 education in California. See the stats for Monterey Bay region:
Instructions: Please select from the drop-down menus to filter by County and School Districts. The map can be further filtered by education level through the checkbox legend inside the map.
Select School District:
School (click to view details)
School Grade Level
Higher Education Overview
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:
California Community Colleges Strong Workforce Program
Among the activities of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the programs of the Division of Workforce and Economic Development bridge the skills and jobs mismatch and prepare California’s workforce for 21st century careers. Doing What MATTERS Strong Workforce Program for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:
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 .