COCC PC Usage and Procedures

COCC PC Lifecycle Program

The ITS department follows a four-year (4-year) lifecycle program when replacing computers. As part of the program, every computer on campus is replaced every four years for classrooms, computer labs, employee workstations, etc. This program allows the ITS department to maintain a viable set of computers on the COCC network. A lifecycle PC is a "wired" PC, and doesn't include laptop computers or carts that are used in classroom instruction or other business activities. Lifecycle computers are purchased from the annual capital budget approval process. Lifecycle also doesn't include any computers purchased from department or PIP funds. Once the four-year lifecycle is completed, a new PC is placed and the previous computer is re-purposed for a fifth year in the COCC PC fleet. The fifth year computers are used strictly for part-time instruction and are replaced annually as these PCs are available. PC needs for staff or other services must be filled by the department and are not the responsibility of the IT department to provide computers. COCC does not have "extra" computers available that are not allocated. The ITS department holds an annual public sale to sell PCs in their sixth year. The lifecycle program allows ITS to refresh computers with current hardware, software, antivirus, and other management software that aids in all instructional and business functions at COCC. Questions about the lifecycle program can be directed to the ITS help line at x7770.

PC Usage Recommendations:

ITS suggestions your consideration of the following guidelines regarding conserving energy and resources at COCC, specifically technology and office equipment. Remember, all of these actions can add up to BIG savings:

  • Turn off your computers, printers and copiers at the end of the day before you go home.  Turning off your computer and monitor can save $60 per year in power (Intel).  If all staff members turned off their computers, we’d collectively save approximately $36,000 in power!
  • In spite of the name, screen savers are energy wasters. That’s because your monitor uses almost full power when the screen saver appears – even in ‘blank screen’ mode. Instead of a screen saver, turn off your monitor if you aren’t going to be using it.
  • If something is plugged in to a power socket and it has lights on or gets warm, then it is using power. So unplug laptop cords, cell phone chargers and the like when they’re not in use, because they will use power even if no device is attached.
  • Switch off workspace lights, fans, stereos and other power-consuming personal electrical items when not in use.

Saving electricity help’s our college’s bottom line and is great for the environment.  And remember, transferring these behaviors to your family home will help you to manage your home electricity bill better too.

Works Cited

Intel. Intel, IT@Intel Technology Tips. 2012. 15 January 2014. .

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