New computers for student use
April 9, 2008
Filed under News
Bakersfield College now offers 25 new computers for student access.
The new student-use area, as it is called, is located in the Student Services building, and it was officially unveiled April 1 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
In addition to computer access, the student-use area provides independent study and group-study areas. Students may also access and update personal-admission status, FAFSA, work-experience applications, and conduct class research.
The creation of the student-use area has been in the works for about one year, and it is connected with Title V in Student Services, as well as with student input.
Funds for the student-use area were provided by BC and Title V at an estimated cost of $100,000.
BC students in need of computer access can use the computer lab, which is located in the library, and have complained that the BC Computer Commons fill up too quickly. This problem makes it difficult to finish class work.
“We wanted to provide students access in a location that they are primarily receiving services. It is also more convenient for students who have classes on this side of the campus,” said Mildred P. Lovato, vice president of Student Services.
Although there are no printing capabilities at this time, it is in the works. “In the near future, we are looking to add new services,” said Lovato.
One feature that may be added is a coffee and juice bar.
Two computer technicians will be on site during operation hours to answer any questions students may have.
Students are encouraged to contact Lovato at firstname.lastname@example.org or interim Dean of Students Angela Guadian-Mendez with any ideas or suggestions regarding ways to improve the student-use area or what they would like to see added.
“We invite student ideas,” said Lovato.