by MICHELLE ANTHUIS
In this technological world we live in, almost everything students do requires a computer of some nature, including those 15-page research papers that are due by the end of the week.
Many students who go to a college or university own their own computer and may even be connected to the internet. So, is it possible to attend college without these expensive and necessary pieces of equipment?Longview Community College is one of the first to answer a definite “Yes!” Longview has seven separate computer labs throughout the entire campus. There are labs focusing on everything from art, english and math to general academic.
The Language Arts building has two separate labs, an English lab located in LA 110, and an art lab in LA112. The Art lab has these special software programs: Illustrator 10.0, Painter 5, Photoshop 7.0, Office 2001, and Quark 4.1. The English lab, however, only has Office 2000 and is connected to the internet. The English lab’s hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, and 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The Business building has a lab located in room 214. This lab has the programs: C++, Java, Visual Basic, Office 2002, and Internet Explorer. It is open from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.
An Academic Skills lab is located in the Learning Resources building in room 220. What software does an “Academic Skills” lab have? It has Academic System, Choices, Discover, MyMathLab, Office 2000, Works 7.0, Internet Explorer, and tutorials in math, reading, typing, and Spanish. The hours of this lab are 7:45 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday.
The Learning Resource building has a second computer lab, the Math Lab in LR225. Academic System, Conversion, Derive, Excel, MyMathLab, Word, and a Tutorial in math are this lab’s software.
Longview also has excellent services in the library for research. Not only do we have an electronic database of all the books located in libraries in our area, but they also have programs located on the internet to help your search. However, the computers located in the library forbid the use of e-mail, which many labs allow, and do not have any type of word-processor. The library’s hours are 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, and 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
For all of those computer savvy students with an internet connection at home, there is an answer for you. To search library books in the Metropolitan Community Colleges and surrounding areas, go to http://wilo. Missouri.edu.