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NapaLearns Virtual Career Academy

Preparing the next generation to earn high tech certifications

In the wake of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, students’ lives have been turned upside down. They are increasingly concerned about their futures and are considering alternative education paths that can provide them with the training and support they need to expedite their entry into the workforce or to give them a leg up as they pursue college.

Up-Level Your Skills. Fast Track Your Career.

The NapaLearns Virtual Career Academy delivers the coursework, instructors, mentorship, and access to the software and labs needed to earn one or more entry level certifications in their chosen area of study. In addition, test prep will be provided and exam fees are covered.

The entire program is provided at no cost.

Sign-Up for an Information Session Here

Who Should Enroll in the Academy?

Anyone between the ages 16-25 years old who is interested in learning about or pursuing a digital career is invited to participate. Digital careers include such professions as listed below and more:

  • Architects and 3-D modeling designers
  • Graphic designers
  • IT Support engineers
  • Social media marketers
  • Software engineers

You need to be willing to invest as little as 1 hour/week and up to 5 hours/week to build the skills needed to qualify for these certifications.

The program is well-suited for individuals who are willing to work online with a cohort of like-minded people combined with instructor support and mentorship. In particular, it benefits people who are: 

  • High school students or recent graduates wanting to go deeper and faster in preparing themselves for future careers or seeking to explore and expand their horizons
  • Considering an alternative to high-priced colleges
  • Looking to earn a good salary in jobs that are in high demand

Sign-Up for an Information Session Here

Benefits of Technical Certifications

The Academy offers courses leading to certifications from Autodesk, Adobe, Cisco and/or Google. It focuses on digital certifications because the pandemic has also revealed that businesses have never needed technology more than now. As they become increasingly technology dependent, our reliance on a workforce that is skilled in digital tools and has the ability to innovate new solutions through technology will continue to grow, too.

The benefits of earning a certification are many:

  • Signal to potential employers and prospective colleges that you have determination and rise to challenges
  • Demonstrate mastery of up-to-date skills in career fields that are rapidly changing 
  • Gain a competitive advantage by having industry-recognized skills that can set you apart 
  • Fast-track yourself into an entry level digital career without incurring a lot of student debt
  • Be identified as someone who is thinking ahead, who can set and achieve goals, and who can bring initiative and commitment to the table
  • Build pride and self confidence

Fields of Study

The program offers courses in four fields of study: 

Field Business Partner Courses Certifications
Information Technology Google IT Support CompTia A+
Information Technology Cisco CyberSecurity Essentials Cisco Intro Certification
Business & Marketing Google Digital Marketing Google Fundamentals of Digital Marketing
Programming Cisco Essentials in Python Cisco Certified Associate in Python
Digital Design Adobe Graphic Design Adobe Certified Associate / Specialist
Digital Design Autodesk Computer Aided Design Autodesk Certified Professional

Next Steps

Information Sessions

To decide whether the Virtual Career Academy program is right for you, we are hosting information sessions on May 26th or June 4th at 4:00pm; or May 28 and June 2nd at 7:00pm. Attendance is required before participating in the program and students under 18 must include a parent’s email address. 

You can find answers to frequently asked questions here. 

Summer Seminar Series

After you’ve attended an information session, this summer we are holding weekly, 90-minute introductory seminars that are a deep dive into each Field of Study. Attendees will hear from the course providers about what to expect, as well as from individuals who have pursued these certifications and their resulting careers.

Check back here for dates and times for the summer seminars.

Courses Begin

Once we have gauged interest and assembled the cohorts, the courses will begin the week of August 31, 2020. A minimum of five students is needed to launch a course. 

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