Upgrade at Mission College Learning Resource Center
hook up new LRC computers
It sounds like an ad
for running shoes or a new fitness center. But it aptly describes the new
computers that Mission College students will find this semester in the Learning
Using state technology
funds and block grants for instructional equipment, Mission College has
replaced 72 of the computers in the Computer Commons. Brand new, Hewlett
Packard 2.8 gigahertz CPUs that have plenty of hard drive space,
connected to black, 17-inch flat-panel monitors now adorn the tables in
who were often frustrated by the slowness of the computers last year,
or a breakdown of the units, will be pleasantly surprised by the new computers,
said Maury Pearl, interim dean of technology.
"The difference will be like night and day," he said. "Students
are going to be able to access their information much more quickly, particularly
in doing Internet research, and theyll get faster response from
Unlike the old computers, the new units have DVD ROM and CD rewriteable
drives, plus floppy disk drives. Students will find the new drives particularly
helpful because many of the textbooks that they purchase come with a CD
version of the text. Now theyll be able to access these versions
and all other instructional programs that come on CD or DVD ROM.
"With these improvements, weve really entered the 21st century,"
said Dale Newman, LRC director. "Were encouraging students
to come in after class, try out the new computers, and do their homework
or research right here."
Pearl said a number of instructional programs and tutorials have been
downloaded on the new hard-drives, including, for example, an anatomy
program, chemistry program, mathematics, dietary analysis, programs that
address basic skills, and many more.
Only half of the computers in the commons have been replaced. But the
other 72 have been upgraded with additional memory, making them faster
than before. Another 44 new computers have been placed in the two teaching
labs that adjoin the LRC commons 30 in the the General Purpose
Lab and 14 in the Reading Lab plus six more for staff use, said
"The computers that were in the LRC before were really past their
useful lives," said the technology dean. "This is a step toward
recapturing the technological edge in the district."