When the new Student Multimedia Center opens Jan. 31, students will have access to 18 additional computers.
The center, which is on the first floor of the AAH building, features 16 new PCs, two of which are dual monitor, and two iMacs.
Each computer is installed with CS5 Adobe Creative Design Suite software which includes programs such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.
The two high-end PCs and the two iMacs have the Adobe Master Collection which also includes Premiere, Soundbooth and Encore. This software isn’t available in the Computer Center in the College Center.
Kandee Nelson, instruction and classroom support technician II, encourages students to take advantage of the programs offered.
“Students in Digital Design classes can have a place to do their homework (on the Puyallup campus) instead of having to drive to Ft. Steilacoom,” Nelson said. “However, all students are welcome in this space.”
Besides specialty software, the Student Multimedia Center boasts four wireless mice and keyboards, three scanners and one black and white laser printer, with a colored printer expected sometime in the near future.
The center was expected to be open in the fall, but issues with the furniture installation delayed its opening until late January.
The multimedia center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be staffed during all open hours. Like the main Computer Center, students will need to produce a student ID before using computers so that students’ comings and goings can be tracked and statistics can be kept.
While the Student Multimedia Center currently will be used as a computer lab, Nelson expressed hopes it could be used as a potential learning atmosphere in the future.
“I’m hoping to have some workshops for students going in there,” Nelson said. “I would like the students in the general population to be able to know a little bit about those design software pieces so that they can make really outstanding presentations instead of the same old tired PowerPoint.”
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