Career Academies

DVC Career Academies are college courses designed for high school students during the summer. They allow students to explore various careers opportunities while earning college credit.

Application for online animation and cyber academies now open!

*Due to COVID-19 DVC is unable to offer all of the career academies as we are currently only offering summer classes in an online format at this time.  Many of our academies are hands-on and interactive and therefore are not suited for an online format.  We will provide updates if we are able to offer additional academies this summer.

Summer 2020 Career Academies Application: Click here to complete application  for Animation and/or Cyber.  

If you would like an update about when and if the other academies will be offered this summer please click here.


In one week you will learn how to animate and record audio to create your own animation short film.


A robust learning opportunity for high school juniors, seniors and DVC students.


Cyber Security/Defense

Topics including hacking prevention, system hardening, access control, and system protection.


Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing

A week-long activity that blends hands-on exploration, problem-solving, industry field visits, and expert industry viewpoints.

Environmental Engineering

Learn about topics such as climate change, wetland ecology and water quality in the Delta region.

FastTRAX: Engineering Technology

Get exploratory hands-on experience in a variety of Engineering and Technical Careers.

Health Careers

HCA students have the rare opportunity to visit local healthcare facilities and encounter patient-centered experiences firsthand.


Culinary and Hospitality

An exciting overview of current and emerging career opportunities in the hospitality and culinary industry.


This summer academy allows participants to explore a full range of subjects and associated careers while connecting to local scientists who will share progress being made in genetic  modification, forensics, stem cell research and disease detection and control.


Learn how to make your own music with the tip of your fingers! No experience necessary!

Public Safety

Explore career opportunities and experience the real-life worlds of police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel!

Additional information

Career Academies brochure