Walking to the computer lab this is what I see, matadors typing effortlessly, I got a passion for my class and I ain’t afraid to show it; I’m nerdy and I know it.
The Academic Complex Computer Lab (ACCL) is a site established for students to work on school assignments. It is located on Arizona Western College’s (AWC) main campus in the Academic Complex (AC) Building; room AC 159. This lab has its many perks such as the software, the service, accessibility, etc. and offers multiple things for the students that may be needed for a class. The computer lab is a convenient workplace for any student; it has over 120 computers available every day of the week, however the time schedule varies depending on the day.
Service: When you walk into the Computer lab, you will find an array of people who are at your service. At the front desk, you can be sure to find a person who will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. The aids who work there can help students with things such as registering for online classes, or making accounts for Blackboard or Toromail. In one of my own experiences, I was getting very frustrated with Toromail and was not able to log in to my account. A lab aid successfully, helped me log in. Now, remember that they’re not tutors, and will not do your work for you. However, they can help guide any student in the right direction.
Computer Software: The ACCL has over 120 computers; most use Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition; however some Mac computers are available. All computer workstations in the ACCL have software already installed that is used for classes taught here at AWC, such as programs like Microsoft Office 2010. There are many other programs, Internet applications and web browsers that could be used also. A few computer workstations have AutoCAD software for Drafting, Architectural and Construction classes, and Photoshop 7.0 for Computer Graphics classes.
Interview 1: Sports athletes that are there for classes use the ACC lab for study hall. E. J., a basketball player we spoke to said, “We use the ACC Lab for about one hour and 15 minutes for study hall. I like the ACC lab because for me it is more convenient.”
Interview 2: Sonia, a nursing student here at AWC who lives off campus said that it had been her first time studying in the computer lab. She continued to say, “I wanted to come to campus and use the Computer Lab because at home there are too many distractions and here it is easier to concentrate on my math and anatomy homework. Plus there is no time limit for being on a computer in the ACCL.”
Rules: Like most computer lab regulations the AWC computer lab policies are to ensure the safety of the technology and for academic use only.
- Fluids or snacks are to be set on the ground and away from walk ways or placed in book bags as to not damage the equipment.
- The limit to one computer may be up to 3 people and if too much commotion is caused, aids will be forced to ask the group to leave.
- Guest and visitors are asked to provide a valid ID at the front of the desk and children under the age of 16 are to be supervised at all time.
- Your account cannot be shared with others in risk of suspension of the account.
- Cellphones must be set to vibrate in courtesy of others working and phone calls should be taken outside the lab.
- Aids are required to ask you to log off if the use of the computers is not academic related or if rules are broken.
Computer Lab Hours:
Mondays-Thursdays from 7:30 am to 10 pm
Fridays from 10 am to 7 pm
Saturdays from 12 to 6 pm
And Sundays from 12 to 10 pm
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Of course, the average college student barely has money to buy their candy bar lunches, let alone a laptop, so the AWC computer lab is definitely a reliable (and affordable!) place for students as well as the public to utilize, whether you need a quiet environment to study or the use of computers in general. It can be logging into Toromail, Blackboard, or even doing homework. There are few distractions that may or may not keep you away from what you need to do, so you can count on finishing your agenda in there. If the computer lab isn’t your thing, there are also computers in the library, but there aren’t any dividers between computers, so privacy isn’t ensured. So, if you need a computer, now you know where to go, ‘cause you’re nerdy and you know it!