Students as Digital Navigators: Reimagining CTE in the Age of COVID

Session 8: 10:15-11:45 AM (Friday March 04, 2022)



In Fall 2020, HCCTS created a novel Career Technical Education course designed for high school and English Language Development students which prepares them to become Community Digital Navigators. Utilizing Google's Applied Digital Skills curriculum and the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment platform, students are upskilling to better prepare them for this emergent role and position them to help (other) adult learners at schools and other community-based organizations elevate digital literacy and provide access to technology and support. The long-term impact on adult students may include entry or reentry into the workforce, career advancement, and generational change. Through an interactive presentation, including multimedia, discussion, and Q&A, participants will learn how to design, implement, and facilitate the Community Digital Navigator Career Technical Education course at their own agencies.


Lead Presenter Bio Photo

Jerry Yamashita

Highlands Community Charter and Technical Schools

As the Instructional Technologist for Highlands Community Charter and Technical Schools, a Sacramento-based agency serving over 4,000 adult learners, Jerry is responsible for developing agency-wide educational technology policy and supporting the Highlands mission by increasing access to technology, promoting digital citizenship, and incorporating choice, ownership, and student voice through authentic learning opportunities to empower today’s digital learners to be tomorrow’s digital leaders.

CoPresenter Bio Photo

Maria Carrasco

Highlands Community Charter and Technical Schools

Maria is a Digital Navigator-turned-CTE Teacher at Highlands Community Charter School. Employing her prior experience, she is growing a new Community Digital Navigator CTE program. She is excited to be presenting at TDLS for the first time.

Type of Presentation

Demonstration (60 Minutes)


  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Support Staff

Program Strands

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Adult Secondary Education
  • Career Technical Education
  • English as a Second Language

Category Strands

  • Digital Equity and Access
  • Technology Integration
  • Student Support Services