I love this website! Take a free career interest survey and then it gives a wealth of information from what education is required and where to go locally!

Adiee | Intervention Coordinator, Soledad Unified School District

Students reported that they found Career Coach very useful and enlightening. A couple of graduating seniors already have interviews for jobs they found through Career Coach!

Gail | Internship Coordinator, UC Santa Cruz

Monterey Bay Career Connect is a very helpful tool we use with our clients to build resumes and search for jobs. Clients have benefitted from it because it is very user friendly, and they can work more independently.

Ana | Employment Service Specialist, Goodwill Central Coast

I am absolutely amazed and in love with Monterey Bay Career Coach, and truly believe this will benefit our members.

Bianca | Case Manager, Boys & Girls Club Seaside

The website is very easy and user-friendly. I used it while mentoring students and they felt satisfied with the information found on the site.

Ismael | Student, Mentor & Coach, CSU Monterey Bay

Career Coach and Monterey Bay Career Connect are very useful tools for students to get started with career and school searches and resume building!

Estrella | Student, Ceiba College Preparatory Academy

Got Students?  We’re here to help!  Use the tools below to guide your students through Monterey Bay Connect Connect resources, print activity worksheets, translate Monterey Bay Career Coach into Spanish, sign up for our quarterly e-newsletter, and help us promote in your e-newsletters using our Marketing Materials!

Find additional resources below for educators to support students with online learning, community resources, and more!


Monterey Bay Career Coach Toolkit

This activity toolkit provides supplemental worksheets for college and career readiness and development classes or workshops. Each worksheet is tailored to assist students in their career search whether they are undecided, searching for programs or careers, building a resume or a veteran.
Want to make your own activity sheets? Download the toolkit in Microsoft Word to customize!

Translate Monterey Bay Career Coach into Spanish / Para usar Monterey Bay Career Coach en Español

To translate Monterey Bay Career Coach into Spanish with Google Translate, use the following steps / Para usar Monterey Bay Career Coach en Español, siga los siguientes pasos:

Step 1: Open Google Chrome browser / Descargue el navegador web de Google Chrome.

Step 2: At the top right, click the Chrome menu to customize / Oprime la opción en la esquina superior derecha en su pantalla.

Step 3: Select ‘Settings‘ and scroll down to the bottom and click ‘Advanced’ / Oprime la opción de ‘Settings‘ y desplace hacia abajo para cliquear la opción de ‘Advanced’.

Step 4: Under ‘Languages‘, turn on / Oprime la opción de ‘Languages‘ y luego oprime Offer to translate pages that aren’t in a language you read’.

Step 5:  Add the language you’d like to use by clicking to turn on / Para seleccionar el idioma que usted prefiere, oprime Offer to translate pages in this language’.

Monterey Bay Career Connect Newsletter

Our quarterly Monterey Bay Career Connect e-newsletter is designed to shine a spotlight on regional workforce development and pathways linking qualified local candidates with high-growth jobs that look toward tomorrow’s education and workforce needs.  Sign up and review our previous newsletters.

Marketing Materials

Help us share Monterey Bay Career Connect’s free resources! Use our marketing materials to download and distribute in your e-newsletters, emails, websites, social media channels, and more!


Cabrillo College Student Equity Certificate Program

This professional learning opportunity is designed to help Cabrillo College’s administrators, faculty, staff, and recent graduates become scholar-practitioners in educational justice.

CSU Monterey Bay Diversity Learning Series

The Office of Inclusive Excellence offers a Diversity Learning Series, a collection of workshops on issues related to equity and inclusion. The workshops are open to all CSUMB faculty and staff.

Education Design Lab

Education Design Lab non-profit innovators from different parts of the education ecosystem who delight in the possibilities of the future of learning, designing models from the learner perspective that can address equity gaps and skills gaps in the fast-changing hiring marketplace.

Education for Equity

Education for Equity’s mission is to close the opportunity and achievement gaps by supporting student learning through programs and is founded on the belief that every student deserves a fair chance to succeed in school and in life.

Jobs For The Future Equitable Recovery Hub

JFF calls on business, education, private investment, and government leaders to seize this opportunity and collaborate in radically new ways to support our most vulnerable workers and families.

National Coalition Building Institute

The National Coalition Building Institute is an international leadership organization that provides training in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in community organizations, K-12 schools, college and university campuses, corporations, and law enforcement.

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)

NWEA delivers insights that help California students learn, teachers teach, and leaders lead. Using assessment solutions, customized professional learning, and industry-leading research to continue to drive growth for all students as times and standards change.


Opportunity@Work goal is to rewire the U.S. labor market so that all individuals Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs) can work, learn, and earn to their full potential.

Pathways to Equity

Pathways to Equity program provides best practices for community engagement and equitable design practice and putting those lessons into direct action with the support of a local experienced guide.

Race Forward

Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. They provide resources that illustrate the importance of closing the gap on racial disparities in education and provides important information for exposing the inequities that afflict U.S. public schools.

Racial Equity Tools

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at large.

UC Santa Cruz Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program

The UC Santa Cruz Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program is open to UCSC staff, faculty, and graduate students. The program focuses on building an inclusive environment that promotes diversity and inclusion requires the active participation of everyone on campus.

UC Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation

The UC Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation develops research-based solutions to urgent problems with the goal to transform the underlying systemic causes of problems. This includes promoting systemic change in institutions and social relationships, social norms and values, and relationships of power.


211 Monterey County

2-1-1 is a free, easy-to-use source of information and referrals that allows anyone – administrators, students, and families – to connect with the resources available in to the services you need in Monterey County.

211 San Benito County

2-1-1 is a free, easy-to-use source of information and referrals that allows anyone – administrators, students, and families – to connect with the resources available in to the services you need in San Benito County. The site also provides links to support service organization websites in San Benito County.

211 Santa Cruz County

2-1-1 Santa Cruz County is the comprehensive information and referral service for Santa Cruz County. 2-1-1- connects over 3,500 Santa Cruz County callers each year with information about health and human services available to them.

Department of Rehabilitation Student Services

DOR Student Services are activities that support qualifying students in exploring and preparing for the world of work. Services are based on interests and include all of the activities listed on the Explore Your Options and Get Ready to Work pages. There are two locations in the Monterey Bay:

Capitola Branch Office (831) 465-7100

1350 41st Avenue Ste. 101, CapitolaCA 95010

Salinas Branch Office (831) 769-8066

928 East Blanco Road Ste. 280, SalinasCA 93901

Foster Youth Services Monterey County

Foster Youth Services (FYS) is a program offered by Monterey County Office of Education designed to serve the unique needs of children and youth placed in foster care

Foster Youth Services Santa Cruz County

The mission of the SCCOE’s Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP) is to provide advocacy, guidance and community organization around the issues of school enrollment and success for students in foster care, especially as they relate to California Assembly Bill 490.

Growing Up in Santa Cruz

This site features a calendar of events that highlights activities, groups, performances and other programs that are focused on children, families, and parenting in Santa Cruz County.  It also has regular columns and articles focusing on parenting from pregnancy through the teen years.

There are annual guides developed each year; Independent Schools, Health, Beauty & Fitness, Childcare & Preschools, Teens, Summer Activities, Back to School Enrichment, Public Schools, and Pregnancy and Birth that offer an in-depth listing of resources in those areas.

Navy Life SW-Monterey

Navy Life SW-Monterey’s Fleet & Family Readiness Programs offer employment readiness and transition assistance programs that are geared towards assisting Sailors and family members finding meaning employment.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium provides resources for educators to teach a class, plan a field trip, enroll in professional development programs, inspire teens to conservation action or simply have some fun while learning about ocean animals and habitats.  The site also provides guided activities for parents and teachers who need to keep kids educated and entertained at home.

Monterey County Free Libraries

Monterey County Free Libraries provides online materials, including E-books, E-audio, E-magazines, full-text California Missions eBooks published online by Follett, and more!

San Benito County Free Library

San Benito County Free Library online resources that may be helpful to students, parents, and educators. Most of these resources require a San Benito County Free Library card.

Santa Cruz Public Libraries Homework Help

Homework Help provides free online and electronic academic resources, including Brainfuse, which has live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college.  Students can access resources using a Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) library card.

Santa Cruz Public Libraries Virtual Library

Did you know that you can download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, and music using your Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) library card for free?

Santa Cruz County Student Support Services Resource Directory

This resource guide allows anyone – administrators, students, and families – to connect with the resources available in Santa Cruz County so that students can take full advantage of learning opportunities.  This resource guide provides information about community, nonprofit, government, and social service agencies that provide low­ cost, free, or sliding scale supportive services to children from birth to college.

Veterans Connect @ the Library

Santa Cruz Public Library’s Downtown Branch provides a trained volunteer to connect veterans and their families with local, state, and federal resources on education, employment, housing, health, disability, and other benefits that may be available.

Veteran’s Transition Center of Monterey County

The mission of VTC is to empower Veterans to transition from crisis to self-sufficiency. The center offers assistance with housing, transportation, and helping Veterans become employment-ready and has a Job Development Center to assist 100 Veterans per year.

Western Academy Support and Training Center (WASTC)

Western Academy Support and Training Center (WASTC) provides support to instructors including sharing best practices, providing professional development and required instructor training, growing high school participation, maximizing lab equipment budgets, and sponsoring webinars and in-person retooling sessions.



AI4ALL Open Learning is a free, project-based artificial intelligence education program, facilitated by community members, that gives students the tools to solve problems they care about using AI. Their newest module provides high school teachers with a free online lesson to engage students around AI’s role in the current crisis.


Amplify provides educators and families top-rated programs to create a series of remote learning experiences that are high-quality, easy to use at home, and totally free.

Black Rocket

Black Rocket offers cutting-edge creative technology and STEM courses for summer camps and enrichment youth programs and offers a variety of services for educators, including: universal game-based learning software, customized maker spaces, professional development, modular STEAM curricula & workshops, and 20 STEAM-centric curricula.


Rigorous learning experiences made accessible and engaging for all. BrainPOP is a trusted learning resource supporting core and supplemental subjects, reaching millions of learners worldwide.

Brookings Institution

Brookings Institute provides many resources on education including reports, blogs, books, webinars, and more.

California Department of Education Distance Learning

Guidance and resources for teachers and families in K–12 schools regarding high-quality distance learning, including webinars.

California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative

The California Community Colleges have developed a series of videos that address the real challenges experienced by online students while pursuing success in online classes. The site includes resources for students, educators, and low-cost and free Internet access options.


Distance education with Canva provides free creative learning tools and templates to support remote learning. Teach remotely easy with access to design tips, ideas, and online communities to help you build a creative virtual classroom.


Canvas is a learning management platform, that provides access to course creation and importing, personalized learning with MasteryPaths, standards-based gradebooks, a quizzing platform, and more.

Code provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States. The site provides resources for students, parents, and teachers – including videos, fun tutorials, and projects!

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), provides workshops, training and webinars to help educators learn how to successfully support adult students in reaching their educational goals.

Curriculum Associates

Printable at-home activity packs for grades K-8 from Curriculum Associates are designed to provide students with valuable self-directed exercises and practice during extended absences from school. Each pack is designed to reinforce key concepts for a given grade.

Distance Learning Resources

Santa Cruz County Office of Education provides a website that is frequently updated on distance learning resources.


Distance learning toolkit from Edmodo, an educational technology company offering a communication, collaboration, and coaching platform to K-12 schools and teachers. The Edmodo network enables teachers to share content, distribute quizzes, assignments, and manage communication with students, colleagues, and parents.

Educators for Excellence

Educators for Excellence is a teacher-led organization that ensures teachers have a leading voice in the policies that impact their students and profession.


Free interactive online lessons teaching real-world skills like financial education, social-emotional learning, STEM, career readiness, health & wellness, and more.

Get Focused Stay Focused!

Get Focused Stay Focused is a classroom-based, comprehensive guidance curriculum designed to increase high school and college completion AND propel successful entry into the workforce with the skills required to succeed. Career exploration training and curriculum is available online.

Golden Poppy

Golden Poppy provides free science and technology-teaching games tailored to girls.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom makes teaching more productive and meaningful by streamlining assignments, boosting collaboration, and fostering communication. Schools and nonprofits get Classroom as a core service of G Suite for Education and G Suite for Nonprofits, which are free, learn more here.

Educators can create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Classroom also seamlessly integrates with other Google tools like Google Docs and Drive.


iCivics works to ensure every student in America receives a quality and engaging civic education and graduates from high school well prepared and enthusiastic for citizenship. The site provides curriculum and games for teachers.

Junior Achievement Virtual Learning Experiences 

Junior Achievement NorCal provides student learning experiences. Students can participate in JA NorCal programming and earn a badge!

Jobs For the Future

Jobs For the Future (JFF) drives change in the American workforce and education systems to promote economic advancement for all.  The website provides resources, reports, and research on their work.

K-12 Online Teaching Academy

San Jose State University offers a free K-12 Online Teaching Academy to support pre-service teacher candidates and current teachers to strengthen their online teaching skills and adapt to our current circumstances.  Each of the webinar recordings below features a 1-1.5 hour presentation and conversation on a different topic with a current educator along with links to their slides and additional resources.

Kahn Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.


KQED provides free media literacy teaching and learning hub for educators and students. You’ll find professional development courses, classroom resources, and unique tools that allow students to practice critical thinking, media-making, and civil discourse.


Labster gives students access to a realistic lab experience that will let them perform experiments and practice their skills in a fun and risk-free learning environment.

LinkedIn for Students

Resources to let students know the benefits of a LinkedIn profile and presence, and to help them get started. The site includes videos, handbooks, and tip sheets on creating a profile, networking, personal branding, job hunting, and more!


Loom is an effective way to provide video messages for online classrooms. Loom Pro is free teachers and students at K-12 schools, universities, or educational institutions.

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center provides educational resources for the classroom; a one-stop civic education destination. Explore the museum’s innovative, engaging lesson plans, activities, and other materials.

NASA at Home

Let NASA bring the universe to your home with e-books, virtual tours, podcasts, videos, and more!


Nepris connects educators with a vast network of industry professionals to engage students in their learning and prepare them for their future. Professionals now have the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge with learners to inspire the next generation of the workforce.


OpenStax provides high-quality educational tools to give students access to the learning materials they need to succeed, at little to no cost, including free peer-reviewed and AP-aligned textbooks and lost cost learning technology.


Outschool offers unique educational material for free! Outschool provides an incredible swath of unique courses for kids 3-18 from drawing and learning weather patterns to college prep writing and raising chickens. They also send a daily 4-minute-read newsletter with useful tips on how to deal with homeschooling.

Parent Guide to Distance Learning

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education has a Parent Guide to Distance Learning, in both English and Spanish, with guidance for parents and caregivers on how to best support their students.

PBS Education

PBS Education offers free resources for teachers including instructional resources, professional development, community connection, and innovative ideas.

Sector Snapshots

The Sector Snapshots reflects the breadth and depth of industry market intelligence, resources, and solutions  California Community Colleges State Directors and Regional Director Teams are offering colleges in these uncertain times, including interactive webinars, online instructional tools, employer insight and more.

Skills Commons

The US Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program has created a free and open online library called Skills Commons, containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development. Explore free and open educational resources online.


A non-profit initiative founded by a seventh-grader in Silicon-Valley, SmashHigh emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community with STEM curriculum.  Additionally, they offer in-person and virtual tutoring.

Smithsonian for Educators

The Smithsonian offers many resources to support educators, caregivers, and students in the classroom, at home, and at our museums, research centers, and zoo. This site provides informal education for students to lesson plans and professional development for teachers. A wealth of resources and digital tools support inquiry-based learning and active engagement to spark creativity and curiosity.

Springboard Collaborative

Springboard Collaborative’s teacher page features a two-week family engagement plan, complete with daily messages to parents, free virtual PDs and PLCs, weekly coaching plans, daily lessons, e-books, and virtual professional development.

STEM Activity Clearinghouse

In the STEM Activity Clearinghouse, librarians and library staff can find high quality, vetted STEM activities that are appropriate for library use. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Almost all the activities in the Clearinghouse have pictures or videos of real libraries doing these activities.’s collection of lessons and teaching resources to engage students with bite-sized, animated video lessons for every subject and level, from elementary through college. Their services include ready-to-use lesson plans, quizzes, and printable worksheets and allow teachers to differentiate students’ workload with custom courses, scheduling tools, transcripts, and other resources.

Teach for America

Teach For America is providing resources to support students and communities during the coronavirus outbreak, including online teaching support, curriculum and school management resources, and more.


TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Their website provides a list of videos and lessons for at-home learning.

The Learning Network

The Learning Network site is dedicated to helping people teach and learn with Times content. They offer fresh classroom resources — from lesson plans and writing prompts to news quizzes, student contests and more — all based on articles and images published on

UC Scout

UC Scout’s “Plus” program is offered free to CA public schools and at a nominal fee to CA private and out of state schools. This program provides schools and teachers a 100% virtual course which includes high-quality video lectures, assignments, quizzes, tests, and more. In Plus, the student’s school provides the facilitating teacher, and directly issues the credit to each student.

Varsity Tutors

Varsity Tutors provides live instruction for students of all ages with an innovative live learning platform, personalized approach, and highly credentialed instructors.  Additionally, there are free live online classes & camps and resources for better at-home learning.

Virtual Enterprises International

Virtual Enterprises International provides a solution for schools to offer all students meaningful skills-based career experiences. Through hands-on, task-based curricula, students test-drive potential careers and develop in-demand skills and competencies that post-secondary institutions and employers are seeking. By managing the day-to-day operations of a company, students not only develop business skills and an entrepreneurial mindset, they also identify career pathways that align with their interests, talents, and aspirations.

Wide Open School

Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.


YouCubed provides lesson plans, online courses, and other resources that help people develop positive relationships with mathematics and realize their potential as 21st-century mathematical thinkers.

Zoom for Education

Zoom helps universities and schools improve student outcomes with secure video communication services for hybrid classrooms, office hours, administrative meetings, and more.