The High Tech Center is designed to provide training in the use of assistive technology for Southwestern College students with disabilities. The High Tech Center (HTC) is also a resource for students and staff to use assistive technology, obtain information and referrals, and evaluate access needs.
The HTC offers a variety of adaptive hardware and software in a supportive environment for DSS students to learn basic computer skills, improve existing skills and enhance academic success.
DSS students may utilize the HTC to complete Southwestern College class assignments during open lab hours. Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Individual Computer Assistance and Needs Assessment
• PC and Apple Computers and Peripherals
• PD 18 and PD 21, 22, 23: These Personal Development (PD) classes are taught in the High Tech Center and allow students to develop essential computer skills and utilize specialized programs designed to improve basic skills in reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, speech, computers, and study skills.
• Adaptive Hardware
o Electric Tables with adjustable height
o CCTV (enlarges printed material)
o Keyboards (large and extra large printed keys)
• Basic Skills Software
o Inspiration (helps you to develop and organize ideas for writing assignments)
o Skills Bank (helps you develop Math and English Basic skills)
o Word Muncher
• Adaptive Software
o Dragon Naturally Speaking (allows your voice commands to use computer and type)
o Jaws (screen reader/voice output)
o Kurzweil 1000 & 3000 (reading, study skill, and writing program for students with disabilities)
o Duxbury Braille Software (translates print into Braille)
o Zoomtext (screen magnifier)
Click here for HTC hours (PDF)
Location: Building 420, Room 421
Contact: Frank Post, Adapted Computer Technology Specialist at (619) 421-6700 x5275 or Homer Lopez, HTC Computer Lab Technician/Alternate Media Specialist at (619) 421-6700 x5418.