Make Space to Innovate
We help you create the space to learn from fellow technologists and system thinkers. Whether you hire a CATLab intern to work through your company's backlog, attend the Impact Conference to connect with industry thought-leaders, or give a Tech Talk to grow your company's influence, the Center for Applied Technology is ready to help you innovate. How can we work together?
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We seek to enhance relationships in the Westmont community through the innovative use of technology.
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The Center for Applied Technology seeks to enhance relationships in the Westmont community through the innovative use of technology. One of the main ways we accomplish that goal is through CATLab: our summer program where we partner with students to build the college's critical technological infrastructure and prepare the students for success in industry.
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“Going with interns that know the system was actually a more cost-effective route than hiring somebody that didn’t really know a system but had to be there full time. It was an easy pitch from a cost perspective. We needed something, and Westmont came with people that knew the system. All the pieces really worked together.”
—Avery Cloutier, Business System Manager at The Thornhill Companies
“I was pleasantly surprised with Kimberlee’s ability to work on her own. I felt like we were able to get her up to speed on the projects, and she could run with it...To be able to have an intern who can work in a different city and be productive and be a self-motivated worker was really impressive.”
—Andrew Clark, marketing manager at RDN
"CATLab prepares students to the point where “with [their] skill sets right out of college, [they] could come in for an internship for a few months and change how we do business in a very transformative way.”
—Ian Monsma, program manager at RDN
"CATLab is a very effective program to help the Westmont students deliver from day 1 when they join tech teams in the industry. I am grateful to partner with CATLab and Zak Landrum."
—Rohit Malik, Software Engineering Manager at AppFolio
Curious about CATLab? Check out our blog!
May 31, 2022At CATLab, we believe that stories guide action. While we build technical solutions, we are equally committed to crafting stories which help our values inform our actions. Here are four lessons we learned to help you do the same.
May 19, 2022CATLab, Westmont’s Center for Applied Technology, is a student-driven response to the technological challenges of higher education. Want to know what problems we’ll be solving this Summer? Read on to find out.
August 18, 2021What makes the CATLab unique is not so much what we’re building, but how we’re building it—and it’s the job of the creative team to capture that story. Looking back over the last three summers, here are three of the biggest benefits we’ve seen from our investment in creativity.
August 11, 2021When people think of technology, oftentimes they worry that it takes away an aspect of personal connection. When used well, however, technology can actually facilitate bringing different people together. One specific example is the CATLab's partnership with the Gaede Institute this summer.
August 10, 2021Featuring keynote addresses from a speaker in the art field and a speaker in the tech field, the Art | Tech Nights serve as a connection point between the CATLab, Westmont, and the Santa Barbara community at large.
August 3, 2021
Over the last few weeks, the CATLab has hosted many wonderful speakers who have offered some great insights. While there’s no way that everything we’ve learned could fit into a single blog post, we thought we’d highlight a few key lessons applicable to people both in and outside the tech world. It was especially cool to realize that many of them shared some of the CATLab’s core values—in particular, curiosity and authenticity.