​ Funded by the Associated Students (the student association of SMC)

Help Wanted Job Applicant Information

One of the most popular jobs on campus is working as a Computer Lab Assistant. You may sign up for information about future job opportunities if you are a currently enrolled SMC student who has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (a FAFSA) with the SMC Financial Aid Office.

If you are interested in other student jobs at SMC, please check those listings.

​The lab's computers and printers are restricted to students enrolled in current semester SMC classes who have agreed to pay the semester's optional $19.50 Associated Students (A.S.) membership fee. Lab staff can help non-members of the Associated Students with various problems related to SMC technology, such as forgotten passwords.

​General Information About SMC Computing​

computer services handout for new SMC students (a document in Adobe Acrobat PDF format)


The Associated Students Computer Lab is located in Cayton Center Room 209, on the second floor above the cafeteria.


Lab hours are subject to change without notice, but these are the normal hours:

DaysFall, Winter, Spring and Summer 6-Week Sessions
MondayThursday7:30 am to 9:45 pm
7:30 am to 3:15 pm
8 am to 4 pm

The lab is closed on any day when no classes are being held, which also includes college holidays and the breaks between semesters.


The lab has 92 student computers, all running the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, with high speed Internet access.

Lab Rules

Students must obey lab rules (displayed upon log-in), the SMC Student Conduct Policy, and the SMC Computer Use policy and administrative regulation in order to use the lab. Lab privileges are temporarily suspended or otherwise restricted immediately after a violation.

Students Must Save Work on Own Media

Any files left on the computer hard disks are automatically erased at logout.

Students should bring a USB flash drive or other USB media in order to save their files every so often. (Suggestion: put a label on the flash drive and write your name on the label.)

The CD/DVD drives will write CDRW disks but not DVD. It takes several minutes to write a file to a CDRW or CD-R disk, so almost nobody does it.

Students may also use Google Docs or attach documents to an e-mail and send the email to themselves.

Software and Data Files

Software includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

While most instructors distribute class files through a learning management system called Canvas, an extra copy of some files might be stored on various computers (servers) on campus. These are only accessible inside the college's labs or through the wireless network.


The lab has one printer that prints in color and others that print only in black-and-white.  Each Associated Students member starts every semester with a printing credit of $15. Ten cents is deducted for each single-sided black-and-white page printed. Fifteen cents is deducted for each double-sided page printed.  (That's a 25% discount for printing double-sided.) Forty-five cents is deducted for a single-sided color page. Ninety cents is deducted for a double-sided color page. (There's no discount for printing double-sided color pages, because color toner is so expensive.)

Unused A.S. printing credit does not roll over from one semester to the next. Every semester starts with $15.

When an A.S. member's print credit reaches zero, the member may print in another college lab using the SMC pay-for-print system. The SMC pay-for-print system in the other labs requires real money and, in general, charges more than the Cayton Lab does.  

The printers, paper, and toner are purchased by the Associated Students, pursuant to a written agreement between the College and the Associated Students.


Trained student lab assistants and a professional instructional specialist are available to provide limited technical support within the lab, for software and hardware owned by the college and installed in the lab (except wireless access). This assistance is available to all currently enrolled SMC students, whether the student is a member of the Associated Students or not.

Lab Specialist (days): Lee Peterson

Lab Specialist (nights): Ramon Salcedo

Limits on Technical Support

All technical support is provided in person in the lab, during normal lab hours. No technical support is provided over the telephone or via e-mail. Technical support is limited to software and hardware owned by the college and installed in the lab.

The lab is not able to provide technical support for equipment owned by students. Please seek information about personally-owned equipment from the manufacturer, a private computer repair company, or books or magazines.

Wireless Hotspots on Campus

The lab does not provide support for college wireless connections. The wireless system is administered by another department, which does not provide user support.

Wireless access instructions are online, published by the SMC Library. Limited technical support for SMC wireless access is provided by the SMC Library staff through online links at the end of the instructions. The Associated Students Computer Lab staff does not provide one-on-one support for wireless access.

Students enrolled for the current semester may log on to the SMC wi-fi network with an SMC computer network username and password. Usernames and passwords may be obtained in any SMC computer lab. It's a good idea for students to verify that they can log on using a lab computer before trying to log on using their personal laptop computer and the wireless system.

Wireless hotspots are generally available in most areas on every SMC campus.

Printing is not available through the wi-fi system. Students usually print in computer labs or at home after transferring files by using flash drives, e-mail attachments, or Google Docs.

Comments, Suggestions and Complaints

Comments are welcome. Student feedback is helpful. Ask the lab assistants in the Cayton 209 for a paper comment form for suggestions, complaints, or just general comments. The lab assistants can also provide an email address if you prefer to send an email.