The SMC Career Services Center has a wealth of resources to assist you in finding the perfect job or internship. Services include career counseling, resume preparation and job search assistance. For example, local employers post positions on our exclusive Santa Monica College job board. You can find part-time, full-time and internship positions in all industries and functions from small to large companies at http://www.smc.edu/jobs4u.
The CSIS department has a special license agreement with Microsoft which allows students taking our courses to install select software programs on their personal computers at no cost. For example, if you need Access 2010 because your Office package does not include it please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. This is only for Access 2010. The other Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint are not free.
To see a list of other eligible software programs and for details on how to sign up you can view the Microsoft DreamSpark Student Information Sheet.
If you need to purchase software there are several companies that sell software at discounted prices for students. For example, you can purchase Microsoft Office Professional 2010 for $39.99 at http://www.shopcollegebuys.com.
You might want to try renting a textbook at http://www.chegg.com/rent/ instead of buying. Some books can be rented for $30 for the entire semester. This website was recommended to me by a student who always rents her books every semester. Note that students will be able to save only on books. If you need an access code to an online website like SAM or MyITLab, codes can't be rented so in those cases you would be better off purchasing the textbook bundle which includes the access code.