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​DSPS High Tech Center (HTC)​

The DSPS High Tech Center (HTC) provides students with full access to MyCOD, including Email, WebAdvisor, Canvas and Library Databases. Students can visit the HTC to study, receive tutoring, complete homework assignments, perform research and even register for classes! Please see below for a list of the assistive technologies and resources available in the HTC.

NOTE: Students using the HTC must register in DSPS-304 (not required for summer semester).

​Contact Information

  • Phone: (760) 776-7397

  • Location: CSSC 118​

HTC Hours

~ Hours vary by semester and are subject to change ~​

HTC Fall 2019 Hours (effective August 26 through December 9)

  • Monday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Tuesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Friday: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (CLOSED on 9/13)

​DSPS HTC Revised Hours and Closures

  • Friday, September 13th - HTC CLOSED

  • Wednesday, October 2nd - ​HTC CLOSED from 10:45 am-12:15 pm

  • Wednesday, November 6th - HTC CLOSED from 10:45 am-12:15 pm

  • Monday, November 11th - CAMPUS CLOSED in observance of Veterans Day

  • Thursday, November 28th - CAMPUS CLOSED in observance of Thanksgiving

  • Friday, November 29th - CAMPUS CLOSED Holiday

  • Monday, December 2nd - HTC CLOSED from 10:45 am-12:15 pm​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

DSPS Computers at Satellite Campuses

We also have DSPS computer stations located at all of our satellite campuses (Mecca, Indio, Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs). The computers are located in places like the TASC, the library or designated computer labs at your COD campus.

HTC Tutoring Schedule (effective September 3 through December 5)

  • Tuesday 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Erica (Math through 1A)

  • Tuesday 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Tatiana (Writing)

  • Thursday 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Erica (Math through 1A)

  • Thursday 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Sergio (SOC 3 and Chem 4)

  • Thursday 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Maria (Writing)​

Tutoring services are also available in the Tutoring & Academic Skills Center (TASC). ​

Free Microsoft Office 365 Software

Free software is available for ALL current and new COD students from our partnership with Microsoft to support your success.

You are now eligible to install Microsoft’s Office 365 on up to 5 devices, including PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets (Surface and iPad) free of charge.

Using the 1 TB of storage space in OneDrive and the dynamic note-taking software OneNote you will be able to collaborate with ease with your peers. In addition, by Installing Microsoft Office 365 you will have access to Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.

All students will have access once they log into their email account.

Resources/Software Available

Open Lab

Drop-in, open lab is available at any time for students who would like to use the HTC computers and software (see open lab hours above). Training and workshops are provided for certain assistive technology software ~ please inquire with the HTC for details.

Assistive Technology - Training Provided

The following assistive technology and resources are available in the HTC. Certain assistive technology requires counselor approval as an accommodation.​

  • Alive Biofeedback: Software to train users on breathing techniques and to assist in relaxation, focus and guided meditation.

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking: Speech-to-text software that allows student to dictate to the computer; good for students who have spelling and/or keyboarding difficulties.

  • Inspiration: Visual learning software with concept/mind mapping which helps to organize information visually.

  • JAWS: Computer screen reader software for the blind.

  • Kurzweil 3000: Text-to-speech software which allows textbook scanning and reading, as well as other features.

  • Livescribe SmartPen: Pen that records audio and syncs with written notes.

  • Parrot: Software programs for improving speech, communication, memory, attention, reading, vocabulary and cognition.

  • ZoomText Fusion: Magnification and screen reading software for the visually impaired.

Additional Software/Technology Available - Training Not Provided

The software below is also available in the HTC for student use ~ please note that training is not provided for these programs. For QuickBooks and Voyager, the student must be registered in the corresponding class to use this software.

  • Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator: Graphic design software for the Digital Design and Production program.

  • Autodesk Autocad: Drafting/CAD​ software

  • Autodesk Fusion 360: 3D Designing software

  • Camtasia: Screen Capture and Screen Recorder. Robust capture and recording with built-in image editing and video trimming.

  • CodeBlocks: Cross-platform IDE built around wxWidgets, designed to be extensible and configurable.

  • IBM SPSS Statistics: Statistical software

  • Microsoft Office 2019: Software including Word, Excel, Access, OneNote, PowerPoint and Publisher.

  • Snagit: Screenshot program that captures video display and audio output.

  • Notepad ++: Advanced, free source code editor which supports several programming languages running under the MS Windows environment.

  • QuickBooks: Accounting software​

  • Read & Write: Software that lets everyone read, write and express themselves more confidently.

  • Voyager: Astronomy software​​​​ ​