At Lethbridge College, we’re committed to enhancing your experience as a student. Through the use of technology, the mobile learning program increases your capacity for success not only as a student but as a future employee. Using industry-standard software and specific devices ensures you’re equipped with the skills needed for your job.
For the following programs, you are required to bring your own laptop or tablet that meets or exceeds the hardware requirements listed below:
Administrative Office Professional
- 15-inch screen or larger with a number pad
- wireless keyboard and mouse
- Windows 10 (free at the college for those with Windows 7 or 8)
- Microsoft Office Suite 365 (free at the college but must be installed prior to the first day of classes)
- Not acceptable: netbooks, tablets, iPads or Macs
Students in the AOP program must have Office 365 and Microsoft Office 2016 installed on their laptops prior to the first day of classes. This software is available free through Lethbridge College. Instructions for how to install these will be sent to you via college email prior to the first day of classes. Please watch for that.
Since college email will be used to communicate with you during your time at Lethbridge College, we encourage you to add your college email account to your smart phone. Please visit Get Office 365 for instructions.
All students in this program are required to have a smart device including an HD camera (with video and audio capability), a DSLR camera (ideally a Canon T6i, an external portable hard drive of capacity greater than one TB, and an SDHC card of capacity greater than 32GB. Be prepared to purchase web hosting/domain, a microphone, and headphones. Your instructors will review the specs and details on the first day of class. A laptop is not required as students will have access to lab computers loaded with the necessary curricular software.
For more information about mobile learning in the Multimedia Production program, contact the program.
Wind Turbine Technician
This program requires students to supply their own laptop or tablet with wireless internet connection capabilities. All content modules, with the exception of apprenticeship modules, will be provided to students on their laptops or tablets in PDF format.
For more information about mobile learning in the Wind Turbine Technician program, contact the program office.
As a condition of enrolling in the following programs, you are required to purchase a specific laptop pre-loaded with appropriate software from the college:
Why can’t I bring my own device?
Programs that require you to purchase a laptop are technical in nature and require a performance laptop that meets certain standards. We select the right laptop for each program after an extensive testing and review process. We strive to provide you with the most powerful laptop available for the lowest possible price.
We order these laptops in bulk quantities to keep costs down and we load them with a variety of software packages that require imaging, which is only possible if the laptops are identical. We also provide 100 per cent of the technical support for these laptops.
Please note: Due to software licensing, the college is required to retain legal ownership of the laptop until you complete or leave the program.
How much does it cost?
Both the laptop and access fee must be paid before you receive your laptop. The laptop fee must be paid at the Lethbridge College Bookstore. The access fee can be paid along with your tuition at either the Registrar’s Office (PA1130) or the Finance Office (CE2310). Please keep all receipts as proof of purchase when picking up your laptop.
|Program||Laptop fee*||Access fee**|
|Architectural Animation Technology***||$1,450||$100|
|Civil Engineering Technology||$2,250.50||$100|
|Digital Communications and Media||$1,715||$100|
|Engineering Design and Drafting Technology||$2,250.50||$100|
|Interior Design Technology||$2,250.50||$100|
*Prices do not include GST.
**In the second year of these programs only the access fee will be charged.
***An optional gaming computer may be purchased independently for approximately $3000
The purchase price includes full technical support provided by:
- Steve Brown (for Engineering Technologies and Interior Design)
- Office: TR1813
- Phone: 403-320-3202 ext. 5407
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Curtis Tkach (for Digital Communications and Media)
- Office: TE2210
- Phone: 403-320-3202 ext. 5598
- Email: email@example.com
Please note: Student loans do not cover the cost of computer equipment. You will need to ensure you have alternative funding in place to purchase your laptop.
Laptop distribution and orientation
To pick up your laptop, you will need:
- a valid, up-to-date student ID card
- proof of payment
Digital Communications and Media: Laptop distribution will take place in one of your classes the first day of the semester. During this time, you will complete and sign required forms, be matched with your laptop and log into it for the first time. You’ll be instructed in the use and care of your laptop, and you’ll be given important information on how to access technical assistance.
Engineering Technology: Laptop distribution will take place in room TT1940 on Wednesday September 4th (first day of classes) at 8 am. During this time, you will complete and sign required forms, be matched with your laptop and log into it for the first time. You’ll be instructed in the use and care of your laptop, and you’ll be given important information on how to access technical assistance.
Interior Design Technology: Laptop distribution will take place in one of your classes the first day of the semester. During this time, you will complete and sign required forms, be matched with your laptop and log into it for the first time. You’ll be instructed in the use and care of your laptop, and you’ll be given important information on how to access technical assistance.
Buchanan Library location: Laptop distribution begins at 8 a.m. on Sept. 5 and continues until each student in these programs has picked up their laptops. You should allow 30 to 45 minutes to pick up a laptop. During this time, you will complete and sign required forms, be assigned a laptop and log into it for the first time. You’ll be instructed in the use and care of your laptop, and you’ll be given important information on how to access technical assistance. It’s important you allow enough time for all of these steps to occur.
The fine print
Due to software licensing, the college is required to retain legal ownership of the laptop until you complete or leave the program. Upon leaving the program, you can acquire legal ownership of the laptop only after having the laptop wiped by the college. This arrangement satisfies the licensing agreements for the different software packages that come pre-loaded on the laptops.
When you pick up your laptop, you are required to sign the following forms:
- Laptop Program – Policy and Agreement: By signing this form, you acknowledge that you understand the terms under which you are purchasing the laptop.
- Appendix A – Acknowledgement re: Legal Ownership of Laptop Computer: By signing this form, you acknowledge that you understand the legal ownership will remain with Lethbridge College until, upon leaving, you return the laptop for wiping.
Lethbridge College will not accept or refund a laptop returned after Sept. 13, 2017. If the laptop is returned on or before Sept. 13, 2017, it must be undamaged and fully functioning, all packaging and documentation must also be returned to qualify for a full refund.
|Fee||Withdraw by add/drop date (Sept. 11, 2019)||Withdraw during extended drop (Sept. 12 - 24, 2019)||Withdraw after extended drop (Sept. 25, 2019)|
|Laptop cost||Full refund except for restocking fee||No refund ($0)||No refund ($0)|
|Access fee||Full refund of $100 access fee||Partial refund ($50)||No refund ($0)|