Workforce Development

Of the more than 370,000 workers in the Monterey Bay Region labor force, 78% of the adult population have completed high school, with 59% moving on to college. There are dozens of organizations and institutions in the region that offer continuing education, workforce training, skill development courses and second-language classes – allowing employees to continue to learn and grow.


Monterey County Workforce Investment Board
The Monterey County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) serves as a vehicle to mobilize and integrate private and public partners to effectively educate, train and place individuals with the necessary resources and skills to fulfill employer needs. They offer a dynamic and comprehensive workforce investment system through America’s Job Center of California, with offices in Salinas, Seaside and King City.

Monterey County’s Virtual Job Center
Monterey County’s America’s Job Center’s mission is to connect local job seekers with local business. They provide a wide array of job search and employment related services -- at no cost -- to assist you in your recruitment needs. They provide employment related tools and resources, staff assistance and support, as well as job training and career planning assistance.

Workforce Investment Board of Santa Cruz County
The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Santa Cruz County brings together the business and education communities, local government, and residents of Santa Cruz County to identify local and regional workforce issues and create practical solutions, keep its finger on the pulse of changes in occupations and the local and regional labor markets, and responsibly manage the employment services funded by the federal Workforce Investment Act. The WIB also functions to train and deploy workers, retrain employees who have been laid off and help all workers gain the skills they need to enter and prosper in the labor market.

San Benito County Workforce Investment Board
The San Benito County Workforce Investment Board strives to remove employment barriers through its' training programs. Participants attain greater economic and personal self-sufficiency, while satisfying local labor market needs.

Central Coast Career Readiness Center
Endeavoring to prove the skills and talents of possible employees in the region, through the use of WorkKeys and the National Career Readiness Certification Program.

Workforce Development Training Providers

Below is a list of the organizations and institutions that provide workforce development and training in the Monterey Bay Region. Click on any provider for a direct link to its website and description of its programs.

Provider Address City State  Zip
Bauman College - Santa Cruz 3912 Portola Drive, Suite 10 Santa Cruz CA  95062
Brandman University, Chapman University System 99 Pacific Street #375 Monterey CA 93940
California State University, Monterey Bay 100 Campus Center Seaside CA 93955
Center for Employment Training 10 Blanca Lane Watsonville CA 95076
Central Coast College 480 South Main Street Salinas CA 93901
Cypress Health Institute 200 7th Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95062
Del Monte Aviation 514 Airport Way Monterey CA 93940
Emergency Training Services, Inc. 3050 Paul Sweet Road Santa Cruz CA 95065
Esalen Institute 55000 Highway One Big Sur CA 93920
Five Branches Institute 200 7th Ave. Ste 115 Santa Cruz CA 95062
H & R Block Tax School 1221 S. Main Street #101 Salinas CA 93901
H & R Block Tax School 1846 Main St. Watsonville CA 95076
Hartnell Community College 156 Homestead Avenue Salinas CA 93901
Heald College 1450 North Main Street Salinas CA 93906
King City Adult Education 2025 El Camino Real Greenfield CA 93927
Mission Trails Regional Occupational Program 867 East Laurel Drive Salinas CA 93905
Monterey / Santa Cruz Plumbers & Steamfitters 11445 Commercial Parkway Castroville CA 95012
Monterey College of Law 100 Col. Durham Street Seaside CA 93955
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey  460 Pierce Street Monterey CA 93940
Monterey Peninsula Adult Education 222 Casa Verde Way Monterey CA 93940
Monterey Peninsula College 980 Fremont Street Monterey CA 93940
OfficeStar Computer Training Center Education 1260 S. Main Street Salinas CA 93901
Pacific Grove Adult Education 555 Sinex Avenue Pacific Grove CA 93950
Santa Cruz Adult School 536 Palm Street Santa Cruz CA 95060
Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #104 Apprenticeship P. O. Box 1030 Castroville CA 95012
Shoreline Occupational Services/Goodwill 1252 North Main Street Salinas CA 93906
Shoreline Workforce Development Services - Santa Cruz 350 Encinal Street Santa Cruz CA 95060
University of California, Santa Cruz 1156 High Street Santa Cruz CA 95064