COSTA MESA, Calif. — A program at Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s Back Bay High School in Costa Mesa is giving students an opportunity to run a business while learning entrepreneurial skills and preparing for careers in graphic media.

The Newport Mesa Unified School District kicked off the Spyder Lab this school year. It’s a yearlong, hands-on program that teaches and certifies students in how to use machinery, such as direct-to-garment machines, laser engraving and more.

Students create T-shirts, keychains, stickers, banners and more for customers while learning to run a business.