Founded in 1994 by former UC Santa Cruz Chancellor Karl Pister, the Monterey Bay Educational Consortium (MBEC) is a strategic alliance among the public educational institutions in the Monterey Bay area dedicated to increasing the levels of educational attainment of all students in the region by focusing on collaborative activities. MBEC convenes the top administrative officers of the Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito County Offices of Education; school districts; regional community colleges; CSU Monterey Bay; and UC Santa Cruz on a quarterly basis. Together, they improve curriculum, pedagogy, and educational policy and work to increase the public’s understanding and support of local educational institutions.

MBEC's mission is to increase college-going rates across the Monterey Bay region and improve the quality of teaching through the Teacher Workforce Initiative. MBEC serves to further collaborative inquiry, joint problem-solving, and information sharing among the partners. To achieve this mission, MBEC partners leverage resources, coordinate services, and provide support for all students to continue on the college-going pathway.

The MBEC Teacher Workforce Initiative (TWI) was formed to effectively address teacher workforce issues in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties. The purpose of TWI is to develop an effective data-driven process that begins with the collection of accurate yearly data about the teacher workforce.