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Career Pathways

Kickstart your career in hospitality.

Hospitality is the second largest industry in Monterey County, employing over 20,000 workers from every corner of the county. Opportunities abound from no experience necessary, entry level positions to world-renowned chefs and restaurateurs. Your path starts here to a career in hospitality.

High School Programs

Dual Enrollment

Take culinary college-level courses while in high school and receive double credit, and instant enrollment into the Monterey Peninsula College Culinary program. MPC currently offers dual enrollment classes at Carmel High School, Pacific Grove High School and Rancho Cielo - with more local schools to follow.

Local Culinary Programs

The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s ProStart Program is active at Pacific Grove High School. The nationally recognized career and technical program builds practical skills in culinary arts and restaurant management to over 130,000 students nationwide. Many other local high schools also include culinary programs in their annual curriculum, including Gonzalez, North Monterey County, North Salinas, Marina, Salinas, Everett Alvarez , Soledad and Seaside High Schools.

Community Opportunities

Channel your culinary skills at Monterey Peninsula College’s annual high school culinary cook-off, open to all local high school students. Local students compete each spring in categories such as “Best Use of Seasonal Ingredients” and “Creative Plating.” Email Molly Jensen at mjansen@mpc.edu for more information on how to get involved.

Your Hospitality Path

Resources and tips to start your journey
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Scholarships

Our Scholarships page has numerous resources to help you obtain the financial assistance you might need to realize your dream.

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Resume Builder

The Monterey County Workforce Development Board's tools for building a resume that is sure to land your dream job.

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Job Fairs

The Monterey County Workforce Development Board holds periodic job fairs to connect employers with prospects.

Scholarships

MCHA Scholarships

MCHA recognizes one local student annually with a scholarship opportunity to study Hospitality and Tourism. Since 1995, MCHA has given more than $40,000 in scholarships to recipients attending classes at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), Le Cordon Bleu, the University of California, Davis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), New York University and others.

NRAEF Scholarships

In addition to the MCHA Scholarship, the following hospitality and tourism designated scholarships were founded by Monterey County hospitality industry leaders over the years, and several give priority to Monterey County residents:

Ted J. Balestreri & Bert P. Cutino Scholarship, Carol Chorbajian Scholarship Fund, David Armanasco Scholarship, Cal Stamenov Scholarship, Scott Vandenberg Scholarship, Diane Mandeville Scholarship, Mike Zimmerman Scholarship, Rob Weakley Scholarship, Glenn and Sue Hammer Scholarship, Dr. Richard Peterson Scholarship Fund. These scholarships are available through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).

NRAEF Overview for MCHA

Scholarship spotlight

Susanna Hoffman

Susanna Hoffman is from Marina, California and is a College Senior studying Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her concentration is Event Planning and Experience Management. For the last year, she has been working four jobs simultaneously. She supported Director of Weddings and Events at the Cliffs Hotel and Spa . She also worked full-time at lululemon, part-time at a local general entertainment store, and part- time for the EIM Department as their Social Media Manager. Combining this with being a full-time student was overwhelming and this scholarship will help her focus more on her studies next  and will help pay for more than half of her tuition at California Polytechnic State University

Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration Major, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Hometown: Marina, CA

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