Workforce Development

Working with students, educators, and employers our Workforce Development Initiative seeks to create positive change through collaborative approaches that bring new resources and programs to the region, amplify the impact of best practices, and support work-based learning to ease the transition of students to the workforce, to develop a strong workforce for our region.

What we have accomplished

Launched Hospitality 2 Health (H2H)

A resource for job seekers. View H2H here.

Introduced Degrees When Due

A completion and equity initiative to increase degree attainment. Click here to learn more.

Monterey Bay Career Connect

Providing valuable college, career and labor-market information. View free resources here.

Student Ambassador Program

Our internship program for college-level interns. Click here to meet our Student Ambassadors!

Monterey Bay Internships

Connecting employers and students for work-based learning opportunities. Click here to visit.

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what we do

“Like anywhere, Central Coast workers yearn for quality jobs that can support a family. But not every place invests in opportunities for its younger workforce. MBEP’s work expands the credible pathways to career employment and the equitable workforce growth that’s needed for our economy to truly thrive.”

~ Kevin Heuer, Director of Engagement & Impact, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County


MBEP and sponsors produce this site free to students and the community, which provides valuable college and career and labor-market information, including Monterey Bay Career Coach, and much more!


Launched in early 2016, MBEP runs and manages the site which has provided over 1,050 work-based learning opportunities for students locally.


Partnering with local senior living communities, skilled nursing facilities, and community colleges, MBEP created the Hospitality 2 Health site; a resource for job seekers to crosswalk from hospitality into health-related careers.


MBEP introduced Degrees When Due, a completion and equity initiative to increase degree attainment to colleges and universities in the Monterey Bay Region.


Launched in early 2018, MBEP runs and manages an internship program with over 25  college-level interns assisting 4 of our MBEP members and 4 of MBEP initiatives with project-based work opportunities.

Snapshot of Workforce & Higher Education Data for Our Region

MBEP members can access data from our Workforce Development & Industry and Higher Education Demographics Data Trackers here.

Partnership on Projects

Bay Area Community College Consortium (BACCC) K-12 Strong Workforce Program

Working to ensure the right number of programs, in the right places, teaching the right skills to meet industry’s workforce development needs and students’ needs for meaningful, livable-wage work, MBEP partners with the BACCC to support these efforts.

Bright Futures Educational Partnership Goal 7 Career Pathways

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 Monterey Bay Regional Career Pathways Planning Project was created which is enabling shared strategies to further expand pathways, enhance future regional grant opportunities and offer more robust options for career seekers. Additionally, a Monterey Bay Regional Career Pathways Toolkit was created to maximize the impact of career pathway programs to increase the number of individuals who can be trained for high-wage and high-growth careers and contribute to the economic viability and strength of the region. 

CA FWD’s Providing Meaningful Career Pathways

As part of CA FWD’s 2021 Road Map to Shared Prosperity, MBEP participates in the Providing Meaningful Career Pathways workgroup with the goal to advance the implementation of a regional, scalable, data-driven prototype for employer engagement with community colleges to address specific barriers students face in accessing work-based learning and job placement opportunities.