By: Steven Eason
Grand Rapids Community College students can receive a plethora of free and deeply discounted software and hardware by buying direct from the college’s Information Technology Department.
The IT department offers many technology discounts on software used by students that can be downloaded directly from the GRCC website.
The available software is numerous, including many integral programs for students, including free Microsoft Office 365. Computer Information and Science students have access to Microsoft Imagine, which allows them to purchase other Microsoft products at a discounted rate.
On the Hub, students can get free or discounted software including Adobe Creative Cloud, Windows 10 Education Edition, and various other Adobe and IBM products.
Below is a list of some of the software that is available to GRCC students:
- Adobe Creative Cloud: $19.99 (60 percent off)
- IBM Watson Analytics – Student Edition (Free)
- Microsoft Office 365 (Free) – This includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams.
Students have access to discounted hardware through Dell, by which they can purchase products at the college’s cost. In addition, students can purchase hardware and equipment the college has retired through the online store.
In addition, the IT department currently has two laptop loaner kiosks, one in the school library and the other on the third floor of the student center. The department has plans to increase the number of kiosks, according to David Anderson, Chief Information Officer, and Kurt Meiders, Director of Customer Support. Loaner laptops can be checked out for increments of four hours for free by swiping your RaiderCard.
The IT department recently held a student tech day with a turnout of 300 students, and plans to hold another early next fall. The tech day will include walk-in info and help for students on any devices and will even feature some tablets for a giveaway.
Students can visit the IT department in 130 Sneden or 76 G2 Main, and talk to staffers who are willing to help you understand your tech to make the most of your education.