Working with students, educators, and employers
to develop a strong workforce for our region

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. You can learn more about all of our workforce development projects that are helping our region’s economy and community recover in our Workforce Development Initiative Snapshot.


Learn more about the initiative in the video below:

Thank you to Lucid Sound and Picture for producing this great video.



Bringing local answers for local students

With Monterey Bay Career Coach, students are able to choose appropriate educational options aligned to promising local careers, counselors are able to access a user-friendly website to efficiently support student program and career planning, and college faculty can easily align curricula, certificates, and degrees with up-to-date employer needs.

We visualize our future with a well-educated community where every child realizes their full learning potential; every child is prepared to enter school, is supported in and out of school to achieve academically, where every young adult attains a college degree or credential, and successfully enters a career path offering a lifetime of value.


Connecting employers to students, connecting students to employers

Monterey Bay Internships provides a way for students to gain valuable job experience while attending college or university and gives local employers access to talent here at home. Employers from all industries – health care, agriculture, finance, government, and more – can post paid and unpaid internship opportunities free of charge. Students from all educational institutions – Cabrillo College, CSU Monterey Bay, Hartnell College, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey Peninsula College, UC Santa Cruz, and Gavilan College – have easy access to these internships, can upload their resumés and get experience in their area of study. Students learn on the job and grow, and employers can hire interns to help meet the needs of our local business community.


Ready for an opportunity to engage with a triple-bottom, region-wide, impact-driven organization?

Student Ambassadors are 2nd, 3rd or 4th year or graduate students enrolled at a higher education institution in the Monterey Bay region (San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties) who participate in work-based learning at Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) with the opportunity to earn a stipend or academic credit.

MBEP’s goal is to offer meaningful work and research experience to local students in the region. MBEP, founded in 2015, is a regional nonprofit, membership-based organization consisting of public, private and civic entities whose mission is to improve the economic health and quality of life in the region. We are a data- and results-driven organization with a values-based, startup work culture.


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.

Education Resources

Education and Workforce Development

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:

  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • College/Career Readiness Indicator
  • Suspension Rates
  • English Language Arts Performance
  • Math 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, policymakers, 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:

U.S. Department of Education

This data story explores both access to and participation in CTE in high school, as well as the outcomes of students who concentrate their studies in CTE, using national and state-level data from the Department.


Higher Education

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 Scorecard provided 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:

Research Labs

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary: Map of Regional Marine Research Institutes provides a map showing the locations of more than 50 marine research institutions and private groups around the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.  Among them are the following:

Research & Public Policy Institutes

Community Colleges: Data Mart & Transfer Information

The California Colleges Chancellor’s Office provides Management Information Systems Data Mart, a site that provides reports on California’s community colleges, including a deeper dive into:

Visit California Community College Transfers to the California State University System view additional information on:

  • California Community College Transfers By Concentration, Ethnicity, Gender, and Campus of Origin
  • California Community College Transfers By Institution of Origin

Community Colleges: Data Mart & Transfer Information

Bay Area Community College Consortium (BACCC)

BACCC is comprised of the 28 colleges surrounding the San Francisco and Monterey Bays as serves as a framework to:

  • Enhance the coordination of regional programs
  • Increase collaboration on regional priorities
  • Serve as a link between colleges Career Technical Education programs, Economic and Workforce Development Initiatives, and the Chancellor’s Office

University of California: Information Center

Explore the UC story through data available on the University of California’s Information Center:

  • Degree Outcomes
  • Diversity
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Graduate Experience
  • Institutional Performance
  • Research and Innovation
  • UC in Your Community
  • Undergraduate Experience
Workforce Development & Industry Data

Workforce Development Overview

Workforce Development Boards (WDB) in the Monterey Bay region have provided reports on their county’s workforce trends:

Monterey County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Reports & Surveys

Santa Cruz County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Reports & Surveys

San Benito County Workforce Development Board 2 Year Report


California Community Colleges Strong Workforce Program

Among the activities of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the programs of the Division of Workforce & Economic Development bridge the skills and jobs to match and prepare California’s workforce for 21st-century careers. Learn more about their Strong Workforce Program guidance, planning, labor market research, career education program outcomes, directories, and workforce recognition.

Economic Analysis Tool

The State of California Employment Development Department provides an interactive map and data table tool to provide information on Regional Economic Analysis Profiles.