Only 20% of our youth complete the educational pathway and stay local.

Research shows that an estimated two-thirds of U.S. jobs will require a post-high school degree or credential by 2020.

Two out of three students in Monterey County fall behind early and often stay too far behind to attain their dream of a college degree or other credential. Many give up along the way and become disengaged. Collectively, this loss of human potential weighs heavily on our entire community.

We believe these challenges can be solved and that all young people can realize the benefit of an education. To accomplish this goal, we must adopt new strategies. But the results will be well worth the effort; an individual’s educational success creates a positive ripple effect throughout our community. Attaining an education enhances one’s life perspective and financial future and positively impacts other indicators of the quality of life; including improved health, reduced delinquency and higher levels of familial stability. Ensuring educational success for all children and youth in our community is the solution that links them to prosperity over a lifetime. Collectively, a community of educated people can create a vibrant regional economy and a higher quality of life for everyone.

Estimated Forecast:
Cradle to Career Pipeline for Kindergarten Class of 2014

Only 1,500 of 7,000 kindergartens are projected to reach career readiness.


Education produces outcomes that enable our community to thrive. With education success, young people see bright futures ahead for themselves and others see promise in the young adults who are graduating. We seek to create this ultimate success for our community.

What can we improve together? We invite you to review the outcomes and indicators of success below, and to engage and voice your hopes for what we can become.

We are in the process of selecting community education outcomes along the cradle to career continuum that we, as a community, want to measure and improve together. The process of improvement will be long-term and continuous, embracing small improvements every day, leading to big ideas for large-scale social change.

This graphic was updated on November 30, 2015:

Click here to download our Pipeline graphic as a PDF.

Learn about our data sources here.