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EMCC’s Computer Commons

By Karla Villarreal
student working on computer

College can be very overwhelming, especially when you have a busy schedule. Sometimes finding a quiet place to study or getting individual help can be very difficult. Many students in college experience stress, but Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) has several resources designed to aid in student success.

EMCC’s Computer Commons, remodeled in the spring of 2013, is one of these resources. This department includes computers, work areas, vending machines, and a scenic view of the campus through glass windows.
Leeoni Long is a 19-year-old college student. She just finished her first year at EMCC and has always loved the assistance at the Commons. She also likes the calm environment. When she is in a hurry she feels it is a great spot to be.

“The EMCC support staff is always helpful and makes you feel welcomed by offering one-on-one assistance. One thing that I enjoy here is that there are study rooms which we can reserve twice a week for two hours and actually spend time doing homework. Not to mention, the computers are always updated with the latest software,” said Long.

Long feels that the Computer Commons is very helpful to people who cannot afford computers or cannot get fast access to the Internet. She also believes the fact that the Computer Commons staff offers help with computer courses makes it even better.

Jerry Happ and Daniel Morales, are both computer lab technicians at the Computer Commons and have assisted students here for many years. Happ feels the Commons is a very useful resource. He said, “It is better than a public library because of the free help offered with class assignments.”

“About 25 percent of the people who come to the Commons stay over an hour logged on to the computers working on school work. There are a total of 800 unique loggings each day. Not including the study rooms computers, there are 120 computers,” said Happ.

Morales expressed that “Students are not numbers, they’re individuals. Real help is offered to students and they don’t just occupy a chair. A really cool thing that we offer is 11 study rooms with a two-hour time limit twice a week. You can fit up to about 7 people in the rooms and work on school-related assignments as a team,” said Morales.

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