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Diverse and Skilled Workforce


Salinas, the largest city in the Central Coast region with a population of more than 150,000, has an abundance of skilled technical workers, as well as a large presence of talented professionals and C-level executives. This diverse workforce is all within a 30-minute commute of Salinas. The city is also surrounded by several colleges, universities and organizations that provide outstanding educational opportunities for your workforce, along with a large pool of future talent from which to draw.
 

Steinbeck Innovation Project

The Steinbeck Innovation Project was formed to help leverage the agricultural expertise and relationships that are found in Salinas and create sustainable solutions that address global challenges. Through the project, emerging entrepreneurs – from youth to veterans – can participate in programs that will provide them the training and education they need to be the next pioneers of innovation.
 
 

Area Universities and Colleges

The region is home to many highly regarded academic institutions that offer coursework and degrees in a variety of disciplines. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at institutions, such as:
 
 

The Center for Advanced Technology at Hartnell College

This collaboration between Hartnell College and the local community allows students to explore relevant education by partnering with local industry leaders. Courses in agribusiness, design and construction, transportation technology and computer science are offered in “real life” settings.
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Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) 

ALBA creates opportunities for farm workers and aspiring farmers with limited resources by allowing them to grow and sell crops from two organic farms in Monterey County. ALBA works with farmers who historically have had language, cultural and financial barriers to overcome, and trains them in organic farming techniques.
 

Farmer Education Program (PEPA) 

PEPA is a course designed by ALBA to train individuals in farm management and organic crop production with an emphasis on business success. These bilingual courses are designed for individuals interested in becoming full-time organic farm owners and operators.
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English and Spanish Language Courses

Salinas Adult School offers both ESL (English as a second language) classes, as well as Spanish classes for professionals.
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