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.
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.
Anyone at the high school level or beyond, 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:
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:
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:
The program offers courses in four fields of study:
|Information Technology||IT Support||CompTia A+|
|Information Technology||Cisco||CyberSecurity Essentials||Cisco Intro Certification|
|Business & Marketing||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|
To decide whether the Virtual Career Academy program is right for you, we are hosting information sessions on May 26th June 4th, or June 9th at 4:00pm; or May 28, June 2nd or June 10th at 7:00pmAttendance 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.
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.
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.