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NapaLearns Virtual Career Academy

Preparing the next generation to earn high tech certifications

Who Should Enroll in the Academy?

Anyone at the high school level or beyond, who is interested in learning about or pursuing a digital career, is invited to participate. The program is open to participants who live or work in Napa County. 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 beyond 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

All the Courses At-A-Glance

Overview matrix of  courses offerings

Everything You Need to Know

Frequently Asked Questions

Watch Our Information Session

Learn about our support model

Our Team of Expert Instructors

Meet our subject-matter experts

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

Next Steps

Career Exploration Seminar Series

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.

All sessions will go from 4:00pm to 5:30pm PDT and will cover:

  • Learn about the career options related to the courses,  including positions, salaries, ‘day in the life’, learn and experience the pathways offered (30 minutes)
  • Introduction to courses: curriculum, schedule, requirements, expectations (15 minutes)
  • See a demonstration of the course or tools being taught (15 minutes)
  • Guest Speaker (15 minutes) Hear from employed practitioners in the fields of study 
  • Q & A (15 minutes)
Date Subject  Speaker / Expertise
June 24, 2020 Digital Design

Gary Strommen, Autodesk 
Lisa Gottfried, Adobe

July 1, 2020 Digital Marketing

Claudette Shatto, Google Marketing Fundamentals

July 8, 2020 Programming


Dave Harden, Python Essentials

July 15, 2020 Information Technology

Craig Blackmon, IT Support
Eric Skagerberg, Cybersecurity

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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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