West Hills College Lemoore has a makers space called the MakeOvate Lab which opened October 19, 2021. It is housed in the Workforce Internship Networking (WIN) Center located in the Student Union on the WHCL campus. The MakeOvate Lab boasts a 3D printer, laser engraver, vinyl printer, and embroidery machine. The lab also includes meeting spaces for students to come and create at their own pace.
“The MakeOvate Lab is the central hub for student makers and entrepreneurs and helps Lemoore continue the good work of developing an entrepreneurial mindset in all students,” said Kris Costa, Dean of Career Education. “The lab is already changing the way students interact with the workplace and our local employers, driving our student internship and employment programs to levels we’ve not seen before”.
Students interested in making items in the MakeOvate Lab are required to enroll in the non-credit class NC- 190 Maker Innovation class. NC-190 includes one-on-one and/or small group training and activities for the development of a small business and support of entrepreneurial activities and events. Students enrolled in this class are trained to use equipment in the MakeOvate lab. All activities in the lab are supervised by staff and experienced lab aids.
West Hills College Lemoore is dedicated to meeting the needs of its students and community and understands its critical role in the local economy. “The WIN Center is an example of our college’s commitment to helping students prepare for the workforce. A key part of our strategic plan emphasizes working with industry partners to create and grow more short-term vocational programs at our college that help students learn key skills and attain industry certifications. The WIN Center and the MakeOvate Lab are helping us accomplish these goals”, said West Hills College Lemoore President James Preston.