Programs 20242024-02-20T15:06:46-08:00



Quest Program

14 – 17 years old

Career Exploration is for 14+, and meets weekly to help you explore your goals, discover different career options, and learn critical professional skills like communication, collaboration, and organization skills. Join us to access:

  • Weekly Quest Club Meetings
  • Guest Speaker Events
  • Field Trips & Industry Tours
  • Leadership Opportunities

Wednesdays 4:30 – 6pm
Watsonville, Salinas, Gilroy, Modesto.

Pathways Program

High School Seniors – 24 years old

Get hands-on experience with industry software as you create projects, learn technical skills, and develop an impressive portfolio. With interview support, professional certifications and mentorship you will develop the confidence and network to build your career.

  • Hands-On Technical Training
  • Access Industry Level Software
  • Portfolio Project Creation
  • Career Workshops (Resume Building, Networking, etc.)
  • 1:1 Career Coaching

One-year program

bizzNEST Internship

18 – 24 years old

Launch your career through a paid internship with bizzNEST, Digital NEST’s in-house digital media agency. Work with real clients, gain hands-on experience, and receive career coaching and mentorship to help you prepare for the next phase of your journey.

Web Design, Web Development, Video Production

  • Career Workshops (Resume Building, Networking, etc.)
  • 1:1 Career Coaching
  • Access to Professional Mentorship
  • Gain Professional Certifications

1 year PAID internship, 15-20 hours/week


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How do the career programs work?2023-08-01T13:44:23-07:00

Throughout your journey at the NEST, you can participate in any of our three Career Programs.

Career Exploration

14 – 17 years old
– Community
– Career & Pathway Exploration
– Soft Skills
– Networking
– Weekly meetings

Career Pathways

Rising seniors to 24 years old
– Start a Pathway
– Choose a Concentration
– Technical + professional skills
– Career service support
– One-year program


18 – 24 years old
– Paid Internship
– Industry Mentors
– ~ One-year program

Is there an age limit?2023-07-28T15:15:33-07:00
  • Career Exploration: Anyone is welcome! But our focus is  14 – 17 years old
  • Career Pathways: Rising seniors – 24 years old
  • bizzNEST: 18 – 24 years old
What is the time commitment?2023-07-28T15:13:23-07:00
  • Exploration Club – 1.5 hours/week (1 day/week) 
  • Pathways – 6 hours/week (3 days/week) 
  • bizzNEST – 15 hours/week
Are there any breaks for the holidays? 2023-07-28T15:17:08-07:00
  • Yes. Programs are split into 3 seasons – Fall, Spring and Summer 
  • Seasons are roughly 10 weeks long, and there are breaks between seasons
  • Federal holidays are observed!
What kind of Activities/Events can I participate in? 2023-07-28T15:17:31-07:00
  • Each season hosts a variety of events/activities for all members. 
  • Examples include:. Industry Tour (we just got back from a tour at Netflix!), Fireside chats (meet and greet with industry leaders), Field trips (tour local businesses), Alumni Day (build your network and meet successful NEST alum)
Where are Digital NEST’s centers located?2023-07-28T15:23:49-07:00

Digital NEST locations california watsonville, salinas, gilroy, modesto and stockton

What are the three Career Pathways?2023-07-28T15:28:53-07:00

Digital Arts + Technology

  • Web/Graphic Design
  • Video Production

People Projects + Leadership

  • Marketing
  • Project Management

Web + Information Technology

  • Front End Development
  • Information Technology (IT
If I don’t want to participate in a program right now, can I still become a member?2023-07-28T15:32:51-07:00

Yes! Even if programming doesn’t work for you right now, you can always spend time at the NEST, access NEST resources, and enjoy our co-working space!

Will I get help applying to internships?2023-07-28T15:33:17-07:00
  • Yes! Our Career Services team will help support you through every branch of the Member Journey. 
  • Our team will help you create a resume, portfolio, and online professional presence and offer support with interviewing and job applications. 
How much do the programs cost?2023-07-28T15:34:32-07:00

Membership is free, the only investment we ask for is your time.

Do I need background knowledge to join the programs?2023-07-28T15:34:55-07:00

No background knowledge is necessary.

Do I need a computer?2023-07-28T15:35:16-07:00

No, Digital NEST will provide the necessary equipment.

Do I get a certification?2023-07-28T15:37:38-07:00

The NEST offers support in obtaining optional certifications through completion of the Pathways and in bizzNEST.

Optional Certifications include: Comp TIA A+, CAPM, and FAA 107 (drone license)


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