November’s issue brings plenty of great news! We are excited to announce the launching of our monthly video edition of News from the NEST with our very own NESTer Emily Ceja, who graciously volunteered to anchor our monthly segments in order to grow her skills in broadcast journalism. Now, you can decide between reading the newsletter or watching it. You can view the video at the end of every newsletter.
In this month’s issue an award is given, educational institutes begin, members get mentored, and we introduce you to an exceptional member.
And in this time of gratitude, we give thanks for you, our loyal readers! We are ever grateful for your commitment and your help in building our community.
—The Digital NEST Team
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Santa Cruz County Entrepreneur of the Year
This month, our Executive Director, Jacob Martinez, was named the 2015 Santa Cruz County Entrepreneur of the Year by the Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce! Each year, the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of the Santa Cruz County individuals, businesses, and organizations that reflect excellence in business, governance, public service, and community development. Jacob will receive his award at the 2015 Annual Community Recognition Award Gala at the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz on November 13, 2015. Congratulations Jacob!
Web Design & Film Institutes
The NEST has launched two great institutes, taught by two of our talented staff members. Yasmin is the head of the Hack the Ville institute, which instructs NESTers in the process of creating websites from scratch for eight local businesses. They will learn valuable technical, entrepreneurial, communication, and leadership skills that will help them begin launching a career in the tech industry, as well as other aspects that businesses need to be successful in the 21st century.
The NEST is partnering with the Watsonville Film Festival and Watsonville Library to create the Latino American Project, which is documenting five stories of Watsonville public figures. Gabriel, NEST Talent Manager, is the executive producer of the Film & Documentary institute, which will train and add to film-driven members’ skill set through hands on the pre- and post-production process in this great film project. Keep an eye out for these films, which will be screened at the Watsonville Film Festival March 2-6, 2016.
Octopi at the NEST
Every two weeks, Octopus Creative—a Santa Cruz design agency specializing in interaction design, user experience, visual design, branding, and web development—has been dropping by the NEST to mentor our NESTers who are interested in web development and design. NESTers are being exposed to online interactive platforms that offer tutorials in programming languages, being taught how to develop their own personal websites, portfolios, and blogs, and learning the ropes from professionals right here in Santa Cruz County. We love Pulpo Creative!
Member’s Corner: Meet Jennifer!
Jennifer is a senior at Pajaro Valley High School on the route to California Polytechnic State University. She plans to major in either agriculture technology or agricultural ecology, but she is confident that her career path will include agriculture since her inspiration is her father, who received his degree in Agronomy back in Mexico. “The NEST has given me all the tools and resources I need, like access to skilled professionals in tech, laptops on loan, and a safe place to work on school projects; all things that I wouldn’t have if the NEST didn’t exist.” She is the type of individual the NEST is made for. Stop by and say hello to Jennifer!
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And that concludes yet another successful month at the Digital NEST!