Technology

Technology

The Department of Information Technology maintains over 30 computer labs and work areas including systems in the library and Learning Commons. We are on a 4-year computer life cycle. Based on industry standards, most systems are considered high-end machines.

Students may utilize the computer labs when classes are not in session. The library also offers high-end systems where students may conduct research to further their studies. All lab, Learning Commons, and library computers are connected to the MSTC network, providing access to the Internet and laser jet printers.

MSTC is migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 as its main desktop operating system.

Software: The standard software load for all labs is Microsoft Office 2010, Trend Micro Antivirus, and Internet Explorer 8.0. Additional software installs vary per lab, semester, and instructor.

Hardware: Computer Hardware Specifications and Locations. At the beginning of each fiscal year (July 1st), all systems are reviewed. Based on our 5-year life cycle, new equipment is purchased to replace older systems.

Labs: Typical Computer labs have 20-24 student workstations, HP Laser Jet printer, instructor workstation, white/chalk board, and projection unit. Food and beverages are not permitted in computer labs. Use of the labs is restricted to MSTC students, faculty, staff, and contract classes.

Wireless: Wireless is available using the GUEST network. Username - guest; password - guest.

Public Computers: Public machines are available in the library.

Usage Policy: MSTC computer facility use is a privilege. Students are obligated to follow the rules and procedures established by the college. Further, it is the student's responsibility to read, understand, and abide by all policies. Misuse of facilities or violation of policies may lead to termination of offenders computer privileges and, if necessary, referral to authorities. See Network Policies for additional information.