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Workforce Development: Latest News

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. 
Below is the latest news on some of the projects we are working on.

New Information & Tech Pathways

Starting the Conversation MBEP's Workforce Initiative has been leading the conversation and creating opportunities for collaboration around career pathways since its inception. In 2018 and 2019, MBEP invited JobTrain CEO Barrie Hathaway to lead breakout and lightning...

Measuring the Gap

Impact Monterey County 2020 Report Assesses Key Monterey County Indicators Youth across the Monterey Bay region, and their parents, have big dreams and career aspirations: According to a recently released report from Impact Monterey County, the vast majority of youth...

Vital Liaisons

Cabrillo College Community Health Worker Program Prepares Students for High-Demand Careers  Often serving as critical liaisons between their community and health organizations, Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trusted frontline health workers that empower and build...

Paying it Forward

Internships Can Start a Career or Change a Life Thanks to an internship, Levi Jimenez’s life spun in a whole new direction. Laid off from his ag industry job in 2009, the art graduate and Salinas native heard about a program to retrain workers in green infrastructure....

Degrees When Due

Data Analysis Helps Monterey Bay Institutions Address the Attainment Gap  Degrees When Due (DWD), now in its third year, is a national initiative designed to help postsecondary institutions and states increase degree attainment among adults with “some college, no...

Monterey Bay Career Connect Virtual Workshop | October 27th, 2020

Monterey Bay Career Connect Virtual Workshop Tuesday, October 27th, 2-3 pm Watch our virtual Monterey Bay Career Connect Virtual Workshop for students, job seekers, educators, and the Monterey Bay community!   Monterey Bay Career Connect offers FREE college and...

Closing the Attainment Gap

Closing the Attainment Gap

MBEP Brings Degrees When Due Initiative to Region An infinite number of barriers, from childcare responsibilities and work schedules to financial constraints and frustration, can get in the way of college students completing the degrees they set out to attain. But for...

Working Towards Equity

Working Towards Equity

MBEP Members Awarded Hispanic-Serving Institution Grants to Better Serve Students MBEP members Gavilan, Cabrillo, Hartnell, and Monterey Peninsula colleges, California State University, Monterey Bay, and the University of California, Santa Cruz are among 118 campuses...