The Space to Dream Bigger

CITC celebrates the opening of the Denełchin Lab

“Denełchin” means “to make something”–and we recently made a big move to our new Super Fab Lab! The Denełchin Lab is a state-of-the-art creative space where students use high-tech design programs, industrial grade machines, and programming tools to transform ideas into reality. Simply put, Denełchin Lab is an expansive learning space designed to create opportunities for our youth to connect with their endless potential.

Thank you to our partners and supporters who made our next big dream a reality! The Denełchin Lab was once just an idea–but with the support of our donors, we can celebrate opening of our newer, bigger makerspace, where individuals can build their dreams into reality, too. We have recognized our valued partners with a donor wall inside the lab, acknowledging individual and community partners, including our major funding partners: CIRI, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Rasmuson Foundation, First National Bank Alaska, Hearst Foundations, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Northrim Bank, Member FDIC, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Wells Fargo, and many more.

Community Classes

Led by expert instructors, our classes cater to participants of all skill levels, from beginners on a journey of discovery, to entrepreneurs looking to design and prototype new products. You will have the chance to get hands-on experience with state-of-the-art tools and machinery.

Calling all community members and entrepreneurs – have you wanted to try out the newest technology at the Fab Lab? Now is your chance! Sign up to learn about Fab Lab tools and technology with our new community classes, which are offered two Saturdays a month. Put your imagination to the test, and learn how to design and fabricate products, tools, and artwork using the latest maker technology. Led by expert instructors, our classes cater to participants of all skill levels.

All classes cost $50 per attendee and are open to everyone! An adult must accompany youth under 16 to attend the classes. Class lengths may vary depending on class size.


Learn 3D design thinking, how to navigate 3D design software, and create your own files to 3D print. In this class, you will prototype your design and utilize digital software to design your print. The print can be picked up at a later date when complete.

Class offerings:

  • September 30, 12-4 p.m.
  • November 4, 12-4 p.m.


Learn laser cutting basics, safety, and applications. This introductory class will walk you through the laser cutting process from digital design to cutting. Included are the supplies to make a wooden keychain, puzzle, magnet, or nameplate that you’ll get to personalize.

Class offerings:

  • October 14, 12-4 p.m.
  • November 18, 12-4 p.m.
  • December 16, 12-4 p.m.


With the use of Denełchin Lab vinyl cutters, you’ll learn the basics of digital design by creating a print for your own t-shirt! 

Class offerings:

  • October 28, 12-4 p.m.
  • December 2, 12-4 p.m.

Learn more about the work happening in CITC’s Denełchin lab, a state-of-the-art facility that serves as a hub for all of Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s (CITC) Youth Education Services that offers culture-forward programs designed to connect youth to their endless potential. From afterschool programs, to camps, and supportive educational services like Tribal Prep and Johnson-O’Malley, Denełchin has something for all Alaska Native youth.. Learn more at