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 and virtual 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.

High Tech Center Fall 2022 Hours (effective through December 16, 2022)

  • Monday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

  • Tuesday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

  • Wednesday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

  • Thursday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Closed from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm)

  • Friday - Closed

Notice of Closures (subject to change)

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

    • Closing early at 3:00 pm on December 15, 2002

    • Closed from December 19, 2022 through January 2, 2023 for the winter break

Live Online Lab Hours

Need Help? You can now receive live, virtual assistance in the High Tech Center Online Lab through Canvas!

  • No appointment is needed - just drop-in during the High Tech Center open lab hours.

  • Online lab is open Monday through Thursday, and closed on Fridays.

View a video on how to access the High Tech Center online lab (also available in Spanish and American Sign Language)

Visit the High Tech Center Online Lab

Student Online 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 during open lab hours either in-person or via zoom accessed through your Canvas page. Please inquire with the HTC for details.

Training for Winter Intersession: If you are taking Winter Intersession courses and need training on Kurzweil or Otter.ai, the trainings will be conducted during the first two weeks of December. Please get your appointment scheduled early by emailing Bonnie Russell or calling 760-776-7397.

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