Diverse and Skilled Workforce

Agriculture is the top hiring industry in Gonzales with 1,968 jobs, or 70% of the total jobs. Other industries in Gonzales each include less than 10% of the job share. However, while agriculture is the main economic base industry in Gonzales, only 29% of the city’s labor force work in this industry and not all of those workers are hired by the agriculture sector in Gonzales. These data show that the work force in Gonzales is trained with a more diverse set of skills, including health care, public administration and education, which leads to a high out-commute of highly skilled workers.  Learn More …

Workforce Development Resources

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 the America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM throughout Monterey County located in Salinas, Seaside and King City.

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 Readiness

With several colleges, universities and organizations located in close proximity that provide outstanding educational programs, Gonzales’ businesses can participate in training programs that will advance the skills of your workforce.

Colleges and Universities

Within close proximity to Gonzales are many highly regarded colleges and universities that offer coursework and degrees in a variety of disciplines. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at institutions, such as:

Hartnell College
Monterey Peninsula College
Cabrillo College
California State University at Monterey Bay
University of California Santa Cruz
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Naval Post Graduate School
Brandman University Monterey (Part of the Chapman University System)

The Center for Advanced Technology at Hartnell College

The Center for Advanced Technology at Hartnell College is a collaboration between Hartnell College and the local community that 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.

Entrepreneurial Development

Start-up resources are available to Gonzales’ entrepreneurs and creative thinkers are available by participating in the Steinbeck Innovation Cluster – an initiative that will help train, mentor and guide the newest wave of entrepreneurs in the region. The Steinbeck Innovation Cluster was formed to help leverage the agricultural expertise and relationships 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.

Kauffman FastTrac Program
Coder Dojo Steinbeck Country
Steinbeck Country Wine Forum

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’s goal is to create greater economic opportunities for small farms while promoting ecological land management and healthy local foods. Objectives accomplished in pursuit of this goal include training in organic farm production, marketing, record-keeping, labor law, pest management and numerous other topics related to operating a small farm business.

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.

 Adult Education

Originally named Gonzales Evening High, Gonzales Adult School was established in 1933. Low-cost classes in GED Test Preparation, High School Diploma, English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) and Parenting classes/workshops are offered throughout the school year.  Approximately 250 adult students from Gonzales, Chualar and surrounding communities are served annually.