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 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 My Career Coach, a powerful online tool designed to help guide local students towards promising careers and educational programs in the Monterey Bay region.
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.
The 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 eleven institutions of higher learning, five wildlife and/or marine-related reserves, and seven government agencies, each one contributing to an extensive research environment. In addition, six language programs ranging from community college to the graduate level are available in the region, as are several graduate business programs, a law school, and a public policy institute.
Higher Education & Research By the Numbers
Total Enrollment Full and Part-Time: approximately 79,000
Total Faculty and Staff Employed: approximately 14,000
Total Operating Budgets: $1.7 billion
Total Research and Grant Dollars: approximately $410 million annually
Total Jobs Created Locally*: ~66,000 (* Using an AAU impact analysis)
Big Data Research: Sensors, the internet of things and mass data collection by businesses, governments and research institutions require powerful equipment for data analysis and industry experts to analyze data to create actionable recommendations.
Monterey Bay Economic Partnership supports collaborative discussions among regional leaders in the fields of higher education, big data, GIS mapping, and analysis for policy and programs. These experts have come together to form a thought leadership group for global excellence in data analysis for policy and program creation: the Monterey Bay Analytics and Research Consortium (MBARC).
MBARC consists of data and analysis experts with deep industry expertise from the following institutions support national and international governments and companies:
Marine Science: Overview
The Monterey Bay region leads the nation in marine science, with 24 research organizations, over 2,100 research professionals and staff, and annual budgets exceeding $300M. Research includes sea floor mapping, autonomous underwater vehicles, chemical sensors, coastal ocean processes, biogeochemistry, climate and weather research.
The UCSC Genomics Institute is one of the leading computational genomics research groups in the U.S. Researchers at the UCSC Genomics Institute are taking advantage of the dramatic decline in the cost of genome sequencing and huge gains in computing, storage, bandwidth and open systems to develop more precise cancer treatments, identify causes of congenital abnormalities, and control autoimmune disease. The Institute’s genomics browser is the leading tool used worldwide to analyze genomics data. Recent companies to spin out from the Institute include Five3Genomics.
The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) provides a research center named The Center for the Blue Economy to promote ocean and coastal sustainability. Please check out their page here to learn more.
Reports and Presentations
Several organizations have provided numerous reports and presentations about higher education in the Monterey Bay Region.
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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