Academic Computing (computer labs)

Cayton Associated Students Computer Lab


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


Cayton Center Room 209, on the second floor above the cafeteria on the main campus

Lab Hours

We are closed until further notice. Printing is not available until the College reopens for in-person services.

Who can use this lab

This 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 many problems related to SMC computer services, including Corsair Connect, SMC email, or forgotten passwords.


91 computers with Microsoft Windows 10 and high-speed Internet


  • Microsoft Office 2019 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access)

  • Browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer


Every semester starts with a $15 printing credit. Credit does not roll over from one semester to the next.

Printing credit is deducted for every piece of paper at the following "prices":

  • Grayscale laser printers (black toner only):
    • 10 cents for a one-sided sheet (one page)

    • 15 cents for a two-sided sheet (two pages) – that's a 25% discount!

  • Color laser printers
    • 45 cents for a one-sided sheet (one page)

    • 90 cents for a two-sided sheet (two pages) – color toner is very expensive, so there's no discount

There's no way to buy more credit (until the Associated Students modifies its agreement with the College). If you run out of credit, print in another college lab using the SMC pay-for-print system, which requires real money.

Students Must Save Work on Own Media

Any files left on the computer hard disks are automatically erased at logout. Save your work in at least one of these ways (and you might make an emergency backup copy in a second way):

  • USB flash drive

  • Google Docs

  • Office 365

  • Attach a file to an email

Lab Rules

Lab privileges are temporarily suspended or restricted immediately for violations of:

  • lab rules (displayed upon log-in),

  • the SMC Student Conduct Policy, or the

  • SMC Computer Use policy.

Job Applicant Information

Paid employment as a Computer Lab Assistant is a popular job on campus. We are not currently hiring.

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


Trained student lab assistants and a professional instructional specialist provide limited technical support for software and hardware owned by the college and used in the lab.

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 are on all SMC Campuses

Wireless access instructions are published online by the SMC Library. Limited technical support for SMC wireless access is provided through chat or email by the SMC Library staff.

Only students enrolled for a semester that has already started may use the SMC wireless network. An SMC computer network username and password are required. If you're having trouble logging on, log on to a computer in an SMC computer lab first.

Printing is not available on campus through wireless Transfer files to a computer in an SMC computer lab.

Comments, Suggestions, and Complaints

Student comments are welcome. Ask the lab assistants in the Cayton 209 for a comment form. The lab assistants can also provide an email address.

General Information About SMC Computing

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