The Interdisciplinary Academic Center is bringing technological education to the students and staff of Merced College, thanks to a new resource called the Educational Technology Training Center.

The ETTC, located in IAC-140, is a free facility where students will have access to technological training for the various platforms required in an academic setting. This includes Microsoft Office, Adobe, help navigating Canvas and introduction to computer education for those who may be unfamiliar with the software.

Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the ETTC is the College’s newest multi-media venture that offers an array of useful tools for students. The ETTC is set up with several personal computers where students can study, experiment and learn. If they need help, LRC Tech manager Omar Amavizca is present to guide them.

“We are here to help students with any kind of training they may need for their courses,” Amavizca said. “We want to make sure that the students who may not have access to the programming, know where they can go.”

The ETTC also has group-oriented spaces where students can study together or collaborate on projects, including a television monitor enabled with screen sharing. This allows for collaborations as well as video conferencing.

The ETTC is also expanding the campuses’ audio-visual options. Audio booths are set up in the back room for those who want to try their hand at recording. The area also has green screen and editing stations for video projects. Amavizca said each space will have a schedule of operating hours where students can reserve time blocks in which to work.

For more information on the ETTC visit IAC-140 located in building B, across from She-Devil Diamond.