DSPS High Tech Center (HTC)

The DSPS High Tech Center (also known as the HTC) provides students with technology support, training, assistive technology workshops and registration assistance. Please see below for a list of the assistive technology training provided. Students do not need to register in DSPS-304 to use the High Tech Center services.

Contact Information

High Tech Center Hours

The DSPS High Tech Center offers in-person assistance Monday through Thursday (please check the open lab hours below).

The lab is available for DSPS students to use during open lab hours with or without assistance.

Spring 2024 Hours (effective January 29 through May 24, 2024)

  • Monday through Wednesday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

  • Thursday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm)

  • Friday – Closed

Summer Break Closure (May 27 through June 7, 2024)

  • The High Tech Center will be closed from May 27 through June 7, 2024. (Only open for training workshops to students with scheduled appointments.)

Summer 2024 Hours (effective June 10 through August 2, 2024)

  • Monday through Wednesday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

  • Thursday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm)

  • Friday - Closed

Lab Closed for Maintenance & Training (August 5 through August 23, 2024)

  • The High Tech Center will be closed from August 5 through August 23, 2024 for computer maintenance and training workshops for students with scheduled appointments.

  • The lab will reopen the first day of fall semester, August 26, 2024.

Notice of Closures (subject to change)

  • The High Tech Center will be closed on the following dates:

    • Closed May 27, 2024 - June 7, 2024

    • Closed June 19, 2024 - Juneteenth

    • Closed July 4, 2024 - Independence Day

    • Closed August 5 - August 23, 2024

Student Training and Resources

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 mycod.us email account.

Watch this video for instructions on How to Install Office Apps from Office 365 for Students

High Tech Center Support and Training

The High Tech Center provides technology support, training and workshops for certain assistive technology. Training and workshops are by appointment. Technology support is available in-person during open lab hours. Please inquire with the HTC for details.

Training: If you need training on Kurzweil or Otter.ai, please schedule your appointment by calling Bonnie or Serah at 760-776-7397 or emailing Bonnie Russell.

Assistive Technology Training

Training is provided for the following assistive technology. Certain assistive technology requires counselor approval as an accommodation.

  • 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

  • Recording Apps - Applications which provide audio recording and notetaking assistance

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