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Spring Trainings + Events

The Digital NEST

Monday, January 8, 2018 at 12:00 PM - Friday, May 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM (PST)

Spring Trainings + Events

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DM 1: Digital Media Drop-in Assistance (W)
Need help with your Digital Media homework or project? Join us in the Watsonville Cabrillo Green Technology Building as we help troubleshoot and guide students to complete their project and assignments. Must be registered for a Digital Media (DM) class at Cabrillo College. [F | 10a-3p | 1/22-5/26]
May 25, 2018 Free  
DAT 1MP: Digital Music Production (W)
This three-day training in music production will walk members through recording and producing a track combining synthesized or sampled and acoustic sources, potentially including guitar, voice, and other instruments that members bring to the class. [W |3p-5p | 2/7,14,21 ]
Feb 7, 2018 Free  
DAT 1VR: VR with Google TiltBrush (W)
Learn how to draw in 3D space using the Google TiltBrush App on the HTV VIVE virtual Reality headset. [M-Th | 12p-3p | 4/2-6]
Apr 4, 2018 Free  
DAT 2C: Intermediate Cinematography (W)
Study of principles of digital cinematography, with emphasis on camera shots, style, and meaning. [T,W,Th | 4p-6p | 3/26-30]
Mar 26, 2018 Free  
DAT 2EA: Intermediate Acting for Film/TV (W)
Actors will learn how to work with Directors and expand their knowledge and skills for acting in front of the camera. Instructor: Andres Mercado [Th,F | 4:15 - 5:15 | 2/8-4/28]
Feb 8, 2018 Free  
DAT 3B: Producers Lab (W)
Working off the script created in the screenwriter's lab, participants will learn how to breakdown a script, create a budget, create a production schedule, and plan and put on an audition for the Summer short film. [Th,F | 4p-5:30p | 2/6-4/26 ]
Feb 6, 2018 Free  
DAT 3C: Directors Lab (W)
Working off the script created in the screenwriter's lab, participants will learn how to creatively plan for a shoot, storyboard their work, create a shot list, work with Actors, and how to guide their crew to capture the shots needed. [W |4p-5:30p + Register for DAT 2C | 2/7-4/27]
Feb 7, 2018 Free  
DAT MC: Media Creator Meetup (W)
Join our Media Creator team for the opportunity to exercise your creativity. Earn volunteer hours while working to build the NEST community through small projects in graphic design, photography, videography, and music production. This is a creative space, for creative thinkers, who have some creative solutions. [M | 4p-5p | 1/15-4/2]
Jan 29, 2018 Free  
DAT PM: Photography Meetup (W)
Join local Photographer, David Rosales, as he trains members on best practices for taking great photos and editing them using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. [ Th | 5:15p-6:15p | 1/18-4/5]
Jan 29, 2018 Free  
PPL 1: People for All (W)
Let’s get the new year started right. Colleges and employers look for people who are great team members. In this training, you will learn how your personality and leadership style can help you be an effective team member, how to turn an idea into a plan of action, and how to think like a problem-solver. [Will be determined based on participant poll]
Feb 5, 2018 Free  
PPL 1: Tools for Project Management (W)
There are tons of useful tools to help make life easier. Learn about eays to help you manage your time, keep track of projects, and communicate effectively. Join us to explore a series of practical tools, ideas and skills that can help you manage your day-to-day activities and support your big ideas. [Will be determined based on participant poll]
Feb 19, 2018 Free  
PPL 2: Writing for Professional Settings (W)
Emails, letters, applications, résumés... we communicate through our writing in a wide variety of situations. In this series, you will learn how to tailor your writing skills to fit a variety of professional settings that you are beginning to face as you take the first steps in your career and education. You will walk away with a resumé, LinkedIn profile, and with the confidence that you can send a professional communication, no sweat. [W | 2p-3:30p | 2/28-3/28]
Feb 28, 2018 Free  
PPL: Events Unit Orientation (S)
Learn about the Events Unit, the team that designs, plans, and manages events at the Digital NEST. Salinas members must attend orientation to register for PPL EM - Salinas. [ Th | 4p-6p | 3/1]
Mar 1, 2018 Free  
PPL EM: Event Unit Meetup (W)
Be part of the team that designs, plans, and manages events here at the NEST. Learn how to think critically, solve problems, and see a project through from beginning to end alongside of a supportive team. Past events coordinated by this team include holiday parties, game days, fashion shows, and movie screenings. What will our next event be? It’s up to you! [T | 4p-5p | 1/16-4/10]
Jan 30, 2018 Free  
WIT 1D: Beyond Searching: What can you do with all that data?
We have the ability to access a crazy amount of information at the palm of our hands and if you’re doing Google searches, you’re just scraping the surface of what you can do with information. Come learn how to answer more complex questions and about other things you can do, including teaching a computer how to recognize specific things in an image. [M | 4p-6p | 1/22-2/26]
Jan 22, 2018 Free  
WIT 1GD: Game Development (W/S)
Develop your own 3D video games using Unity3D game engine. We will explore the many tools this software has to offer in an interactive way and learn the object-oriented C# coding language. Please note: A live video broadcast or transportation will be available to and from Salinas based on enrollment. [T,Th | 4p-6p | 2/13-4/12]
Feb 13, 2018 Free  
WIT: Tech Squad Orientation (W/S)
Learn about the Tech Squad, a team that is dedicated to advancing our mission of providing tech access for all. Must attend this orientation to register for WIT TSM: Tech Squad Meetup. [Watsonville | F | 4p-5p | 1/19 + Salinas | T | 4p-6p | 1/9]
Jan 19, 2018 Free  
WIT GWC: Girls Who Code Meetup (W)
Join Girls Who Code, a supportive, fun group that helps you take the mystery out of tech and coding. As part of the learning experience, we will make an app for iPhone based on your ideas. Come to our first meeting on January 17, 2018 at 4pm at the Digital NEST. [ W| 4p-6p | 1/17-5/31]
Jan 17, 2018 Free  
Community Member Group Orientation (W)
Want to contribute to the work of the NEST by volunteering? Join one of our Contributing Member Groups (Connect Crew, Events Unit, Media Creators, Tech Squad) by attending the CMG orientation.
Jan 22, 2018 Free  
NESTsports (S)
Join us for our Spring sporting competition for NEST members and staff! [ W | 2p-3:30p | 1/10]
Jan 10, 2018 Free  
CMG Recognition Dinner (W/S)
All contributing members are invited to our recognition lunch to celebrate the Contributing Groups hard work! [Watsonville | W | 1:30p-2:30p | 4/4 + Salinas | Th | 3:30p-4:30p | 3/22]
Mar 22, 2018 Free  
Game Day (S)
Join us in our fun gaming day with video games and board games! [Th | 3:30p-6p | 3/29 + 4/26]
Apr 26, 2018 Free  
Movie Night (S)
Join us in our fun movie night! Food and beverages will be provided. [Th | 3:30p-6p | 3/21 + 4/5]
Apr 5, 2018 Free  

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Spring Trainings + Events 

The Digital NEST Spring Program runs from January through mid-April 2018. We are excited to engage members in fields such as Data and Artifical Intellegence, Content Creation, Video Production, Photography, Graphic Design, Project Management, Event Coordination and much more! 

Members will have the opportunity to work on projects, learn how to use industry software such as Adobe products, and develop their technical and professional skills.  Our courses are taught by Digital NEST staff and professionals in the industry, allowing members to gain exposure and gain some insight into careers that they may be interested in pursuing.

In addition to core trainings, we want to foster a community by offering field trips, activities, networking opportunities, film screenings, health and wellness workshops, and much more! There is something for everyone at the NEST.

Program Goals: The Digital NEST Spring Program advances our community’s youth career readiness by developing their creative, technical, and professional skills for the current workforce.

Program Period: January 3, 2018 to April 26, 2018

Registration Opens: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Daily Schedule: Monday - Friday, 11:00am to 6:00pm

Questions? Contact Us: (831) 722-6378 or 


[Download our offical Spring 2018 Catalog Here]


Digital Arts + Technology (DA+T)


The DA+T (Digital Arts + Technology) Program is designed for members who wish to develop marketable skills in graphic design, digital photography, music production, and videography. Our program allows aspiring digital artists to develop their area of interest and can prepare them for employment or transfer to a four-year institution. For those already working in the field, our trainings are a great way to stay relevant in their field by continuing to build their knowledge and technical skills.


 People Projects + Leadership (PP+L)

The PP+L (People, Projects + Leadership) program is a Career Focus Area (CFA) whose goal is to empower youth with opportunities to expand, explore and express their ideas and build their workforce readiness skills through projects. Employers and higher education institutions are increasingly searching for self- motivated and  critical-thinking team members. We aim to support our members in their development of the skills required to be these problem-solvers. By actively engaging in the ideation, coordination and implementation of a project, members gain the soft skills that will translate to their careers and that are necessary to be active agents in their community. 


Web + Information Technology (W+IT) 

The W+IT (Web + Information Technology) program focuses on preparing members who are able to configure software to meet the needs of organizations. Members acquire skills related to the selection, creation, application, integration, and administration of computing technologies. This program prepares members to become skilled in problem solving and programming, networks and communications systems, databases, Internet and Web technologies, security and project management, and have a strong grasp of business concepts and technical communication.



 NEST Community

We don’t just want to train members for jobs in the 21st century, we want to create a welcoming community. We hold several programs that run during the Spring to encourage members to socialize, establish networks, and have some fun to inspire creativity!




Is there an age requirements to particiapte in Digital NEST trainings and events?

Yes, you must be in high school or up to the age of 24. 

I am not a member but I meet the age requirment, can I still register?

Yes, all potential members must register for an orientation at the Digital NEST Watsonville or Salinas location. You can also register online by clicking this link

I dont meet the age requirment, can I become a volunteer? 

Yes! You can register at this link to attend one of our volunteer orientation and get more information on how to become an offical volunteer of the Digital NEST. 


Please feel free to contact us at (831) 722-6378 or email us at You can also visit out Watsonville or Salinas location. 

Have questions about Spring Trainings + Events? Contact The Digital NEST

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Digital NEST
318 Union St.
Watsonville, CA 95076

Monday, January 8, 2018 at 12:00 PM - Friday, May 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM (PST)

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The Digital NEST

Digital NEST provides youth and young adults, high school through age 24, with free access to computers, software, Wi-Fi, and a full range of state-of-the-art digital tools and classes.

Modeled after successful tech companies that inspire creativity and innovation, Digital NEST is a safe and learning-focused workspace for young people.

Through training, collaboration, and professional mentorship, young people master the technological skills they need to pursue higher education, launch careers, and join businesses in our community.

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