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JEVS Design Lab

A space for creativity, innovation & inspiration.

JEVS Human Services opened its cutting-edge, educational Design Lab in September 2022 to provide a unique space for individuals of all ages and abilities to learn, collaborate, create, and share.

What is A Design Lab? A unique space with tools, specialized machinery and high-tech equipment, like 3D printers and laser engravers, to bring together multiple audiences to learn, collaborate, create, and share. It’s similar to the “makerspaces” or “PHabLABs” that you find in libraries, schools, or other coworking spaces.

Who Can Use this Unique Space? Students, staff, and participants of JEVS Human Services’ career training school, Orleans Technical College. But we hope the impact to be much broader. The Design Lab can be utilized across multiple JEVS programs and can support the diverse populations we serve. Spaces like this typically have barriers to entry; our goal is to make this space and its capabilities accessible, enabling anyone to create their own solutions to problems…or even bring products to market. For community members, this space will be a unique resource to and open/accessible to people of all backgrounds and abilities. There are currently no facilities like this in the Northeast Philadelphia region.

What Can I Create in This Lab? JEVS Design Lab is truly a place for hands-on learning and invention! This collaborative, workshop environment provides endless possibilities for all. Here are some examples:

  • For trades students at JEVS’ Orleans Technical College, the Design Lab will enhance the existing curriculum and provide customized on-the-job training for employers and partners.
  • For out-of-school youth in JEVS programs, as well as local high students who participate in our Career Exploration classes, the space can provide access to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) education through hands-on, project-based learning.
  • The lab can be used to create tools, fittings, musical instruments, drones, and an array of items to be used for Assistive Technology (AT) for people with disabilities. In addition, 3D printer can create simple supports such as prescription pill bottle openers, zipper pulls, and key holders. These devices allow individuals to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.
  • For the broader community, we invite individuals and groups to use the Design Lab to problem-solve, share resources or brainstorm together to create innovative solutions.

Where is the Lab? The Design Lab is located at JEVS’ Orleans Technical College. In its nearly 50-year history, Orleans Tech has provided career and technical education (CTE) that has transformed lives. Our mission is to combine employer-driven instruction with career development to expand economic opportunities for its students and the changing workforce.  Our education facility is also the hub for programs serving newly arrived refugees, disconnected youth looking to get back on track, and trainees in IT and health care professions.

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