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Digital NEST Receives Largest Gift from Latino Donor Chavez Family Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a 3-year grant to prepare youth in overlooked agricultural communities for technology careers WATSONVILLE, Calif. – October 15, 2021 l Digital NEST (the NEST) has been awarded its largest contribution from a Latino donor to date. Funds from the Chavez Family Foundation (CFF) will help advance the …

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The Critical Role of Human Resources in a Purpose-Driven Organization

WATSONVILLE, CA – September 7, 2021. For Immediate Release The Critical Role of Human Resources in a Purpose-Driven Organization.  Digital NEST and Eliad Group have partnered since 2017 to center co-creative and values-driven practices in Digital NEST’s technology-focused, workforce development programs for youth in marginalized communities. Recently, Ximena-Ireta Lopez ( Senior Manager for Human Resources …

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Digital NEST Welcomes Dr. Antonia O. Franco As Its First Chief Operating Officer

WATSONVILLE, CA – August 26, 2021. For Immediate Release Former Board President becomes COO ahead of Digital NEST’s next phase of growth.  Digital NEST is proud to welcome Dr. Antonia O. Franco as Chief Operations Officer, a newly created role amid a significant moment of regional expansion for the organization. She brings 25 years of …

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Diversify the Workforce Faster with Urgency and Innovation

By: Jacob Martinez Uber plans to double the number of Black executives in its ranks by 2025. Microsoft, Mozilla, and SAP have made similar commitments recently. These moves to create diversity inside technology companies are marginal and overdue. Imagine if technology leaders applied the same urgency, determination and resources they do to develop technology to …

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Digital NEST Founder to Serve as External Advisor for UCSC

Welcoming Jacob Martinez to UC Santa Cruz It is with great pleasure and excitement that I announce that Jacob Martinez, a California leader in the push for technology access and education across the socioeconomic spectrum, will serve as an external adviser for UC Santa Cruz. His appointment comes at an important time for our campus and …

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YOUTH WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT HUB EXPANDS TO REACH UNTAPPED TALENT IN THE NATION’S SALAD BOWL

Digital NEST grows presence in California to transform youth into career-ready professionals Watsonville, California, November 17, 2020 – On the eve of its sixth anniversary, Digital NEST, a nonprofit youth workforce development and empowerment center headquartered in Watsonville with a location in Salinas, is moving to a larger space in downtown Salinas to continue building …

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