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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.

Please Note

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

Contact Information

  • Phone: (760) 776-7397

  • Location: Cravens Student Services Center (CSSC), Room 118

HTC Hours

Hours vary by semester and are subject to change.

​HTC Winter Closure (effective January 17 through January 24)

  • ​​The HTC will be closed ​from January 17-24. Please visit the DSPS Office for equipment check out and alternate media requests during this time.

HTC Spring 2020 Hours (effective January 27 through May 15)

  • ​​Monday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Tuesday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Wednesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Friday: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

HTC Revised Hours and Closures

  • ​F​​riday, January 17th through Friday, January 24th - HTC Closed

  • Please visit the DSPS Office for equipment check out and alternate media requests during the HTC closure from January 17-24.

DSPS Computers at Satellite Campuses

DSPS also has computer stations located at all of the satellite campuses (Mecca, Indio, Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs). The computers are located in places like the Tutoring and Academic Skills Center (TASC), the library and/or designated computer labs at each campus.

HTC Tutoring Schedule

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 and 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 HTC 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and Write: Software that lets everyone read, write and express themselves more confidently

  • Voyager: Astronomy software​ ​​​