The skills required for most jobs does not match with the skills of the U.S. workforce. This has a significant impact on productivity and revenue across all businesses and industries. Employers need reliable ways to measure foundational skills to ensure they are hiring the most qualified, trainable candidates. Workers may have traditional educational credentials, like a high school diploma or college degree, but these credentials are only part of the picture and may not give a clear indication of workers’ job skills. Monterey County Business Council has created the Central Coast Career Readiness Consortium to address this skill gap.

We have contracted with WorkKeys, a division of ACT, Inc., to address the job profiling and testing skills of employees, and contracted an exclusive license agreement with the Career Ready 101 to provide computer based training courseware to support skill improvement. Both programs are active in all 50 states and are recognized nationwide for providing a portable National Career Readiness Certificate. The three core skills in Applied Math, Graphic Literacy and Workplace Documents are required for 85 percent of all jobs. Licensing rights will expand beyond the borders of Monterey County to Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties.

MCBC invites additional service providers and employers to contact us to more rapidly spread the word to implement this skills development effort with all speed. Contact MCBC at or 831-216-3000.