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Mission Statement

We seek to enhance relationships in the Westmont community through the innovative use of technology

Current Members


“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 

Curious about CATLab? Check out our blog!

  • Five Summers Along: CATLab Balances Developing, Data, Sales, and Marketing

    May 19, 2022
    CATLab, Westmont’s Center for Applied Technology, is a student-driven response to the technological challenges of higher education. We are a group of developers, designers, relationship builders, artists, and thinkers from Westmont College who design creative solutions to real problems. Want to know what problems we’ll be solving this Summer? Read on to find out.  
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  • The Understory: Why Invest in Creativity

    August 18, 2021
    What 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.
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  • Working with the Gaede Institute from Both Sides

    August 11, 2021
    When 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.
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  • Art|Tech Nights offer words of wisdom and exciting opportunities for Westmont

    August 10, 2021
    Featuring 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.
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  • Highlights from Tech Talks

    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.

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  • Student and Staff Directory Feature

    July 22, 2021
    The CATLab is proud to launch a new and improved iteration of the digital Student and Staff Directory. The project, headed by CATLab student developer Josh Fitzgerald, will overhaul an outdated and clunky user interface into a sleek and modern program that efficiently navigates students and staff wherever they need to go.
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