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Allsop computer lab offers services for student technical skills

By James Dykeman
On March 15, 2019

On the first floor of Neilson Hall is the Allsop Computer Lab, a student resource with a lab space full of tools and help to assist every student. Students may have come in during orientation or to get their student ID and might not have been back since.  

Computer Lab Coordinator Kathy Baker described the space as “a quiet study area with on the spot help. Everything is here at the Service Desk. This is a great place to study for mid-terms and finals – and is often more quiet than the library.” 

Beyond the room full of standard work computers for students to access, lies a bank of high powered PCs for students with more demanding needs. These resource machines have access to a library of software, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Auto CAD, QuickBooks, SketchUp PRO, and much more, according to Baker.  

Baker said, “Call and come in if you are looking for specific software.”

In addition to computer needs, students can also access document print services, a student help desk – who can assist with everything from help registering for classes, maneuvering through EagleNet, to tech support over the phone when having trouble accessing Kirkwood websites and applications. 

This is also the home of EagleCard Services, where students go for café gift cards, meal plans, and student IDs. 

Every semester Kirkwood Community College students are given $36 in credit to use for printing documents. 

That’s 720 black and white or 360 color prints every semester, for free. The credit rolls over into the next semester, including summer, then funds reset each school year. 

Baker said, “If you’re in a pinch and out of funds, ask and we’ll comp you another $2.”   

 In the Allsop lab, there is a new Collaborative Center for students to meet in groups of two to 10 people, with access to large television screens, audio/visual services, high speed internet ethernet connections and a partial wall for privacy during discussions and projects. 

Baker said it was created because there was “nowhere for students to go for small group discussions” and stated that “more additions are coming soon, check back for more information.” 

There is also power available at each table for plugging in laptops.   The lab is open Spring and Fall, with hours during the week in the Summer. 

For more information about the Allsop Computer Lab can be  found at . 

Kyle Archer sophomore, assists students with their questions at the help desk during their visit on to the Allsop Computer Lab on Feb. 26. The lab is located on the first floor, room 131 in Nielsen Hall. Photo by James Dykeman.


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