In this eighth episode of Voices from 2020, hosts Firehawk and Bill Veltrop interview Diego Navarro, Founder and Director of the Digital Bridge Academy at Cabrillo College in Watsonville, California. The Digital Bridge Academy is a highly innovative program designed explicitly to help accelerate the readiness of students who are “under-prepared” for college in any number of ways (including “at-risk” students, who make up sometimes over 90% of the student population). Amazingly, the Academy does this not in years, but in only one semester!
Sound amazing? As with anything that “digs deep”, it’s about reaching into the hearts of the people involved and bringing the whole spirit of the person into the process. As William Butler Yeats put it many years ago, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” And so it is that, in the first few weeks of the Academy’s program, the challenge is as much assessing where the students are in their preparation as it is about igniting that spark in their souls — and fanning the fire bright. Even now, in 2007, just five years from the time of the first funding for this creative entrepreneurial effort, the success rate is amazing.
In this episode, learn about how the Academy “Lights the Fire for Learning” in these students, and how it has transformed the whole concept of education – and the lives of many – by the year 2020.
If you want to learn more about the Digital Bridge Academy, you can check out their website at:
and read Mr. Navarro’s excellent article on the concept and the process behind his academy, from the August/September 2005 issue of Community College Journal.
And yes, there is of course our podcast on this, which if you haven’t heard or want to hear again, can click on the streaming link below to check it out.
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