Westmont students solving thorny problems for their college

As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. And 15 of Westmont College’s best and brightest are working in downtown Santa Barbara as a part of CATLab to solve some of the toughest problems facing the liberal arts college. CATLab takes its name from Westmont’s Center for Applied Technology. It is a summer lab that is designed to help Westmont solve problems that normally would be extremely expensive. This year’s team is using the software SalesForce to help the admissions office manage data more efficiently, according to a news release. These students are led by senior business and computer science major Dante Poleselli, who was a part of the pilot program last year. The pilot program included seven students who helped create software that “dramatically improved the donor relations, donor tracking and fundraising systems,” according to the news release. more

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