Student Computing Center

Computing Center, OFTEC & CIS, students in classroom

Student Computing Center

Bldg 34 Rm 102-105
360-596-5273
LSS Hours

OFTEC & CIS Computing Tutoring

Gain confidence and build skills in navigating the computer — from internet searches and file management to advanced formatting and computer programming.

Our staff provides drop-in tutoring for any computer-related task or course. The Computing Center is also a work space where you can use a computer for homework, printing, and individual or group study.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where is the Computing Center?

Building 34 rooms 102-105. Enter in room 103, but feel free to use any of the three computer rooms. 

What do I do when I get there?

Sign in at the computer kiosk by typing in your student ID number or scanning the barcode on the back of your student ID. Then sit down, get to work, and raise your hand or find a tutor in room 104 when you need help or have a question. 

When you leave the center, please sign out the same way you signed in.

Can I print there?

Yes. We have three black-and-white printers. Printing costs $0.07/page and is charged to your PaperCut print account. The printer in room 103 can also scan and make copies.

For color printing, visit the library.

What software is available?

All applications required for the OFTEC and CIS courses, including:

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Publisher)
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign)
  • Programming software (Java, Visual Studio, Python)
  • CAD (on select computers only)
  • Other software for CIS courses (QuickBooks, Pearson Keyboarding)
How noisy does it get?

It depends. Room 102 is a designated quiet room where the door is kept shut and conversations are kept to a minimum. Rooms 103 and 105, meanwhile, are open to all invidual and group work, so it can be a bit noisy when there are multiple groups working together or several tutoring sessions happening at once.

The Computing Center is a shared space, so no matter the room, we ask all students to be cognizant of their volume so that others can concentrate.

How much does it cost?

Nothing! All of the tutoring on campus is free.

Can I make an appointment?

No. Currently we only offer drop-in tutoring.

However, if you are in a Professional Technical program and need additional assistance in a course beyond drop-in tutoring, you may speak with your instructor about possibly arranging for a one-on-one Perkins tutor.

Who are the tutors?

Our tutors are a mix of current and former SPSCC students and qualified learning support technicians who have been specially trained in order to better serve you. Their expertise varies, with some having stronger CIS (Computer Information Systems) backgrounds and others having stronger OFTEC (Office Technology and Administration) backgrounds.

What if I can't come in when you are open?

Then eTutoring is a great option for you. Simply log in to the eTutoring site and interact live with a computer tutor online. You can view the subject-specific online tutoring schedule once you are logged in to eTutoring.