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.
Learn about the promising young professionals working for CATLab this year!
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!
Ryley Oroku: Using Passion and Talent to Benefit Others
May 30, 2023
Ryley Oroku, Westmont’s warm-spirited Business Process Analyst and API Programmer, embodies the CATLab core value of Commitment. Ryley has worked with Westmont’s technology for the last seven years. As a member of the first-ever CATLab and a 2020 Westmont alumnus, Ryley gained development operations skills which he uses today as he accomplishes vital data conversion for the college’s major student information system replacement project.
Building Relationships in a Virtual Age
June 24, 2022If you walk anywhere near the “Rep Room” at CATLab, you’ll hear them. Whether it's the clattering of keyboards, buzzing of landlines, or cheering as another student chooses Westmont, CATLab’s brand new Admissions team bring an effervescent approach to revolutionizing admissions.
Take Time Off to Move Ideas Forward.
June 10, 2022At CATLab, we are committed to thinking deeply. We believe that our “values should give rise to actionable principles" and seek to be an active extension of Westmont’s liberal arts education. Last week, as part of our commitment to education, our team attended Westmont's Lead Where You Stand conference. Read on to find out what we learned!
4 Steps to Create Marketing that Surprises
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.
Five Summers Along: CATLab Balances Developing, Data, Sales, and Marketing
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.
The Understory: Why Invest in Creativity
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.