Delgado Community College, Chevron Unveil Fab Lab NOLA
NEW ORLEANS —Delgado Community College and Chevron, in partnership with The Fab Foundation, celebrated the grand opening of Fab Lab NOLA Wednesday. Nov. 16.
Fab Lab NOLA, a new design and fabrication lab located on Delgado’s City Park campus, will provide kindergarten through 12th grade students, post-secondary students and community members opportunities to create almost anything they can imagine using state-of-the-art equipment such as laser cutters, 3D printers, vinyl cutters and milling machines.
“Fab Lab NOLA is a tremendous resource for students and teachers throughout Greater New Orleans,” said Dr. Arnel Cosey, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. “Here they’ll be able to access engineering-inspired processes, see manufacturing in action and apply classroom lessons in a real-world setting. We will also have access to an international Fab Lab network of more than 400 facilities to help further stimulate their interest in STEM.”
Fab Lab NOLA was made possible through a $1 million contribution by Chevron, part of the company’s $10 million commitment to the Fab Foundation to build fabrication labs across the United States. It is the seventh of 10 Fab Labs that Chevron is bringing to areas where the company operates to provide students access to the hands-on learning and technology resources necessary for them to succeed in STEM and become the next generation of innovators.
“Now more than ever, students need advanced science, technology, engineering and math skills to succeed both academically and in the job market,” said Leah Brown, Public Affairs Manager for Chevron Gulf of Mexico. “It is Chevron’s hope that Louisiana students will take advantage of the classes and training offered by Fab Lab NOLA to help develop critical skills that can lead to good‑paying jobs.”
Yesterday’s event featured remarks by Dr. Arnel Cosey and Joan Davis of Delgado Community College; Sherry Lassiter, Director of the Fab Foundation; and Leah Brown from Chevron. After the formal unveiling of Fab Lab NOLA, attendees participated in equipment demonstrations by students and received a first-hand look at designs and objects created in the lab.