Cayton Associated Students Computer Lab
Funded by the Associated Students (the student association of SMC)
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|The lab is not currently accepting applications
for student employment.
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The lab's computers and printers are restricted to students enrolled in current semester SMC classes who have agreed to pay the semester's optional $19.50 Associated Students (A.S.) membership fee. Lab staff can help non-members of the Associated Students with various problems related to SMC technology, such as forgotten passwords.
The Associated Students Computer Lab is located in Cayton Center
Room 209, on the second floor. This is the cafeteria building.
The lab has 92 student computers, all running the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.
The lab has high-speed
STUDENTS MUST SAVE THEIR OWN WORK ON THEIR OWN MEDIA
Any files left on the computer hard disks are automatically erased at logout.
Students should bring a USB flash drive or other USB media in order to save their files every so often. (Suggestion: put a label on the flash drive and write your name on the label.)
The lab does not have floppy disk drives or ZIP drives. The CD/DVD drives will write CDRW disks but not DVD. It takes several minutes to write a file to a CDRW or CD-R disk, so almost nobody does it.
Students may also use Google Docs or attach documents to an e-mail and send the
email to themselves.
Lab hours are subject to change without notice, but these are the normal hours:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester,
and Summer 6-week Session
Last 2 weeks of Summer Session
(Late July and August)
|Monday through Thursday||7:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.||3:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.|
|Friday||7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m||closed|
|Saturday||8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.||8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.|
|any day no classes are being held (breaks, holidays, etc.)||closed||closed|
The lab is closed on all college holidays, between semesters, and on any day when no classes are being held:
SOFTWARE AND DATA FILES
Software includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access from the Office 2010 suite.
Data files for many classes are stored on various
computers (servers) on
campus. These are only accessible inside the college's labs or through the
Limited laser printing is provided by the Associated Students
Board of Directors, using Associated Students membership fees. Each student
computer lab account has a maximum print limit of 150 pages per semester. After reaching
the limit, a student may go to another
lab to use a pay-for-print system.
Trained student lab assistants and a professional instructional specialist are available to provide limited technical support within the lab, for software and hardware owned by the college and installed in the lab (except wireless access). This assistance is available to all currently enrolled SMC students, whether the student is a member of the Associated Students or not.
(days): Lee Peterson
Lab Specialist (nights): Ramon Salcedo
Dean of Information Technology Jocelyn Chong
LIMITS ON TECHNICAL SUPPORT
All technical support is provided in person in the lab, during normal lab hours. No technical support is provided over the telephone or via e-mail. Technical support is limited to software and hardware owned by the college and installed in the lab.
The lab is not able to provide
technical support for equipment owned by students. Please seek
information about personally-owned equipment from the manufacturer, a private
computer repair company, or books or magazines.
WIRELESS HOTSPOTS ON SMC CAMPUSES
The lab does not provide support for college wireless connections. The wireless system is administered by another department, which does not provide user support.
Wireless users must obtain a current SMC computer network username and password in order to log on to the SMC wireless system. Usernames and passwords may be obtained in any SMC computer lab. It's a good idea for students to verify that they can log on using a lab computer before trying to log on using their personal laptop computer and the wireless system.
The college's current wireless hot spots are all on the main campus (Pico Boulevard):
Cayton Center first floor cafeteria,
Cayton Center second floor study and meeting area, and
inside the SMC library. The library hot spot extends to most of the benches just outside the library entrance. The library also has hundreds of fast, reliable ports where an Ethernet cable can directly connect a laptop to the college's wireless network.
Printing is not available through the wireless system. Students generally use flash drives or e-mail attachments to transfer their files, and then print either at home or in computer labs.
Wireless access instructions are
online, published by the SMC Library. Limited technical
support for SMC wireless access is provided by the SMC
Library staff through online links at the end of the instructions. The
Associated Students Computer Lab staff does not provide one-on-one support for
COMMENTS, SUGGESTIONS, AND COMPLAINTS
Comments are welcome. Student feedback is helpful. Ask the lab assistants in the Cayton 209 for a paper comment form for suggestions, complaints, or just general comments. The lab assistants can also provide an email address if you prefer to send an email.
Last update: 08/30/12