By Jennifer Ytuarte
Computer labs and tutoring services are open to all actively enrolled students.
The Internet Skills Center offers tutorials to help students learn basic computer navigation skills.
“Right now, we are offering classes on how to use Blackboard Vista online, which is the new platform for online courses,” lab technician Adam Sauceda said.
The student multimedia lab offers two-day equipment rentals of laptops, digital cameras and camcorders.
Rental requires a signed contract, student ID and valid drivers license.
The software available for student use is also versatile.
“A lot of the software programs we offer are for our graphics design students,” sophomore Andrew Dunkin said
Computers are equipped with Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and a couple of programs that help create and edit video footage.
“Tutoring on how to use each program isn’t offered, but we help with video editing and multimedia presentations,” Dunkin said.
The student learning assistance center (SLAC) offers appointment based one-on-one tutoring on any academic subject.
Proctoring services are also available with professor permission.
The math tutoring lab offers help with precal; calculus; business calculus and any physics class.
The math video lab is exclusively for currently enrolled math students.
A variety of study aid videos and DVDs coordinated with class materials are available.
The English grammar lab has one-on-one tutors available by appointment.
“For the first couple of weeks this semester, we have a first-come, first-served policy for tutoring instead of signing up for an appointment.
“Once it gets busy, we can setup one-hour long tutoring sessions and if an extra tutor is available to help, walk-ins also,” tutor David Tober said.
Their staff offers proofreading, syntax, grammar and spelling help.
There are many avenues of help available for students needing help. When lab technicians and assistants were asked what advice could be given to ensure a productive semester, there was a resounding universal reply.
“Use your resources!”