Campus and community resources to help students gain access to the technology supplies and knowledge necessary to be successful at Columbia College.
Free assistance is available. Meet with the Basic Needs Coordinator: schedule an appointment.
Columbia College IT Service Desk
Students who need assistance with Columbia College web resources including Canvas, student email, connect Columbia, etc. may contact the Student Help Desk at (209) 588-5385.
Columbia College Library Online Tutorials
There are several videos posted on the Columbia College library web page that explain how to utilize the various resources available through the library. There are videos on how to use the library, how to use online databases, how to cite sources, and how to perform research.
PCs for People
PCs for People is a national nonprofit organization that offers low-cost refurbished computers and internet for low-income people.
To apply for a computer, applicants must provide a form of identification and proof of current enrollment in government assistance of documentation of current household income that is under 200% of the federal poverty level. Learn more online.
Affordable Connectivity Program: Discounted/Free Internet
Under Biden Administration, households may be eligible to receive monthly discounts on their existing Internet service plan with the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The program provides eligible households a credit of up to $30 per month, or free services, for internet and mobile services.
Participating internet providers currently include Xfinity, AT&T, Frontier, HughesNet, Viasat, and more.
Families qualify based on income, or by being enrolled in government programs such as Cal Fresh, Medi-Cal, WIC, SSI, and other programs.
For more information, access the ACP application or call (877) 384-2575. Or contact your existing Internet provider to discuss applying directly through their company. Access the full list of participating internet providers here.
College Buys is an online retailer that sells school supplies at discounted rates for college students. The website includes software, laptops, tech accessories, and more supplies. Visit the College Buys online store to learn more.
Technology Resources Guide: All About Internet Options:
BroadbandNow offers a free guide for people to learn about the different types of internet services that may be available to them. Learn more here.