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Women’s empowerment center offers 20 free black and white print pages a day.

Jose Arredondo

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Go Print, a pay-per-page printing service, is available at all of the Alamo Colleges.

There are approximately seven cash-to-card machines located on this campus as well as 30 Go Printers. The machines accept credit cards as well as cash. However, card users must spend a minimum of $2 versus $1 for cash.

Each page is 10 cents for black and white; for color it will be 50 cents.

“We do this to minimize wasted papers,” said Usha Venkat, Director of information and technology.

She said since students are paying for the printing, they will print cautiously.

The money collected from the printing goes straight into printing services.

“If there is money left at the end of the year, we will use it to upgrade printers and licenses as well as the cash card machines,” Venkat said.

Students have mixed feelings about the cost of the printing.

“I think the printing is worth it,” psychology sophomore Erica Moreno said. “I’m sure the cost to pay goes to the paper or something.”

In contrast, other students take full advantage of the free black and white printing in the women’s empowerment center, 703 Howard St.

“I print a lot of paper because of my classes,” medical assisting freshman Sandra Meza said. “The ladies here at the empowerment center are very helpful.”

The women’s empowerment center does not offer color printing; however, they allow 20 free prints a day.

“We offer many other services because we are student services, like school supplies, a computer lab and free textbook use,” adviser Debbie Middleton said.

Although each Go Print is 10 cents, it is significantly less than the San Antonio Public Libraries, which charge 25 cents per page.

Venkat also urges students to be more aware of their prints so they don’t waste money.

“I want students to preview their prints before hitting the print icon,” she said. “Because sometimes the print doesn’t come out the way they want it.”

Go Print has been in the Alamo Colleges since 2007.

For more information on Go Print, contact Information Technology Services at 210-486-0030.

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