Accessible Technology

Services at HTTC


High Tech Training Center

Dr. Tom Peters, Retired, and Aaron French, Alt Media Specialist setting up computer

  • Teach courses in industry-standard applications integrated with assistive technology and ergonomics to students with disabilities enrolled in SMC academic courses.

  • Partner with Academic Computing to support students with disabilities using campus labs.

  • Evaluate technology needs and provide training in assistive technology and ergonomics to SMC students providing access to their academic classes and class materials.

  • Consult with faculty and staff on campus-wide access to electronic information technology and ergonomics including compliance with federal and state standards.

  • Collaborate with Learning Disabilities faculty on integrating technology with our study skills workshops.

Faculty and General Information

Assistive Technologies Instruction
and E-Text ordering

By Appointment Only - Call 310-434-4267

Spring 2023 Hours - HTTC Office

We are beginning to open the lab for in-person assistance during the Spring 2023 semester.  We will have Open Lab hours, but please be aware that faculty may be limited due to varied work hours.   

Please reach out to HTTC staff by stopping by the lab, emailing, or calling with assistive tech questions or to schedule an appointment.  

Spring 2023 Open Lab Hours: 

Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm 

Friday: Lab Closed - Remote Only 

HTTC Email:

HTTC Phone: 310-434-4267

Students can always contact the CSD/DSPS front office with urgent requests.


CSD/DSPS Phone: 310-434-4265


Referrals to the HTTC are primarily made by the faculty of the Learning Disabilities Program and by the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD/DSPS) counselors.


Students must be registered with DSPS and enrolled in an academic class at SMC. Visually impaired students must have functional typing skills.

Location and Telephone


Student Services Center Room S.-159, 310-434-4267


Lisa Courto

Phone: 310-434-4267

Corinne Haynes

Phone: 310-434-4424

Elena Throckmorton

Phone: 310-434-8706

Courses at HTTC

Offered during Spring and Fall semesters: Please contact HTTC to be added to the interest list and discuss class placement. 

Counseling 21H

In the context of the appropriate assistive technology and ergonomics, students learn word processing skills needed for completion of written academic assignments.

Counseling 22H

(TBD: currently not scheduled) 

In the context of the appropriate assistive technology and ergonomics, students learn Internet skills and resources helpful for academic coursework.

Counseling 25H

(not scheduled during Spring 2023)

In the context of the appropriate assistive technology and ergonomics, students learn software programs relevant to their academic success. Programs address academic strategies and reference tools (e.g., brainstorming, organizing information, planning, spelling and homonym checking, dictionaries and thesauri), text to speech technology, and the fundamentals of industry-standard applications used in mainstream courses.

Courses offered in 25H:
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Access
File Management
Kurzweil 3000

Counseling 26

In the context of the appropriate assistive technology and ergonomics, students learn features of industry-standard applications (e.g., formatting a research paper in MS Word, creating a multimedia PowerPoint presentation) professors expect students to use for their course assignments. Students will use these technologies to create a short research paper and a PowerPoint presentation relevant to their academic coursework and/or learning strategies.

Schedules for Counseling 21H/22H/25H/26 are arranged by HTTC instructors.

Counseling 21H/22H/25H/26 are available in the Fall and Spring semesters only.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this class, students will conclude that the skills learned in their High Tech Training Center courses had a positive impact on their academic work as measured by a 6 point Likert scale and written feedback.