College - Software Home Use Program

Software for College Use:
Administrative and Instructional

Pima has online tools available to faculty to support instruction. View the list with descriptions of some of these tools. Questions? Contact the Help Desk or campus IT staff.

Purchasing Desktop Software

Pima has licensing agreements for a list of software products for use in the office, including MS Office Suite, which is provided automatically to all computer desktops in the College. Other products are available for purchase by individual departments at a discounted price.

Purchasing College-Wide Software and Systems

Please contact IT Purchasing when you are considering a purchase of software that will be used broadly across the College. We can offer some assistance with your purchase and can work with the vendor to possibly obtain a discount. Also, IT needs to review the software for potential security issues and Access and Disability Resources (ADR) support that may be necessary. An early review of software specifications will ensure that the hardware, software, and network infrastructure will be in place to support the software you are considering purchasing.

Software Available for All PCC Employee Use:

  • Google Suite - Unlimited use of the Google suite products when signed in using your Pima account. In addition to Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and Chat, applications include Slides, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Keep, Jamboard, and others.
  • Microsoft Office 365 - Employees can use Office 365 applications online or download and activate applications on a total of five devices. You must sign in to the Office 365 account with your college email address and password. Learn more from this KB article.
  • Turnitin - Free account for faculty members. By downloading the software, you agree to the license terms. The software provided in the download links on the College’s D2L site is for employees only. You must uninstall downloaded software when no longer with the College.
  • Respondus/StudyMate - unlimited home use. Pima has purchased Respondus/StudyMate software for home use for all current employees.
    • Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams printed on paper or published directly to D2L or creating Exams offline using a familiar Windows environment.
    • StudyMate enables instructors to enter glossary terms, facts, and questions using simple templates. Transform materials into a dozen learning activities and games, such as flashcards, crossword puzzles, and self-quizzes, uploaded to D2L. Students choose activities that appeal to their learning style.
    • Download Respondus/StudyMate. ■ Key for activation: ZB924397211-315737680
  • Smart Notebook Basic Premium - unlimited for faculty
  • AutoDesk (Fusion 360) - Link to EDU License program. You will need to set up an account to access Fusion 360. See further details below.
  • Read & Write Gold - Reads text out loud and has highlighters, voice notes, vocabulary tools for work and home use.
  • EquatIO - Chrome-based extension - speak, draw or type problems and equations directly onto your device.

College-Standard Software

The following College-standard software is available if you submit a​​​​​ Software Request to IT Purchasing.

  • Adobe Sign -The College has a subscription to Adobe Sign to obtain electronic signatures on documents
  • Adobe Express – Premium version available to staff and faculty for creating printed and online content. See further details below.
  • Lumio (formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online) complimentary access: Support distance learning with Lumio for the rest of the school year. Apply for complimentary access to Lumio. See further details below.

For online services, please create a Software Request ticket.

  • Microsoft Imagine Academy -The Microsoft Imagine Academy program is now available to all staff and faculty educators for course instruction and professional development use as part of the Microsoft agreement. See further details below.

The following college-standard software is available on a limited basis.

  • Zoom – A virtual meetings and webinar platform. Learn more in this KB article.
  • Mentimeter - Build interactive presentations with the easy-to-use online editor. Add questions, polls, quizzes, slides, images, or GIFs for engaging presentations. Your audience uses their smartphones to connect to a website for polling. Visualize audience responses in real-time. Learn more in this KB article.
  • Doodle - Date and Time Polling for scheduling meetings; license required. See further details below.
  • Lucidchart - Available college-wide. A license is needed to create flowcharts.
  • Smartsheet - Project management software available college-wide. A license is required to create a sheet or manage group sheets.

Software: Employee Home Use

Featured Discounted Software

Microsoft Visio and Microsoft Project were formerly available at a discount for home use. Now, a web version of Visio is available to all current employees through their Office 365 account described earlier. Access it by logging in with your Pima Account and clicking on Apps. You may purchase a full version of Project or Visio directly from Microsoft or your favorite reseller. See further details below.

More Software

Explore more software and other products available for purchase with educational discounts at:

Free and discounted software is valid only while PCC participates in the vendor’s license agreements and the employment relationship remains with the College. If either of these conditions change, the employee is required to remove the products from their computer. If you want to continue using them after that change, you must purchase them from a retail vendor.

Employees will need to verify employment at PCC by uploading a paystub.

Further Details

Adobe Creative Cloud Express (formerly Adobe Spark)

A web and mobile app developed by Adobe that allows users to create multimedia content such as multimedia posts and stories, invitations and marketing materials such as logos, flyers and banners. It's an alternative to Canva and uses drag and drop and has a relatively easy learning curve. Creative Cloud Express includes templates, fonts, royalty-free photos and other creative assets.

Licenses are available by submitting a Software Request to IT.


Autodesk products are available to Students and Staff as long as they are with the college. Autodesk is a company that provides a range of products for the drafting, engineering, technical drawing, and modeling fields. They provide a variety of software including:

  • Autocad
  • Fusion 360
  • Tinkercad
  • Revit
  • Inventor Professional
  • 3ds Max
  • Maya
  • Advance Steel
  • AliasAutoStudio
  • Arnold
  • Autocad LT
  • Autodesk CFD ultimate
  • And many others

Autodesk licenses to the individual user provided that they submit proof of eligibility. Eligibility for the education license must be proven annually. Use this link for educational licensing. License usage is not for commercial purposes; use in a commercial capacity will invalidate the license.


Date and Time Polling for scheduling meetings - license required

Use Doodle to find the best time for any event. Suggest a number of times and invite participants to select their preferences in response. Receive results from participants showing the most popular time slots.

Microsoft Imagine Academy

An online learning portal provided by Microsoft available to all staff and faculty educators for course instruction and professional development use as part of the Microsoft agreement.

Microsoft Imagine Academy gives students and educators the curricula and certifications they need to succeed in a technology-driven economy.

Microsoft Project

Software designed for project management, and developed and sold by Microsoft. Assists project managers in developing a schedule, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing the budget, and analyzing workloads.

Microsoft Project can be purchased through IT Purchasing if a FOAP and Department approval are provided.

Microsoft Visio

A visual diagramming and vector graphics application used for flowcharts and diagrams that allows for collaboration.

The college uses Lucidchart as an alternative to Visio. Visio can be purchased through IT Purchasing if a FOAP and Department approval are provided.

Lumio (formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online)

You can deliver live lessons with your class, sharing your lessons to multiple devices (Lumio) or assign lessons for students to complete on their own.

Sign in to Lumio on your computer to upload lesson files, add interactivity to lessons, and create engaging activities and classroom resources.

All your work is saved in the Home page.

Next, sign in at your classroom display (if you’re at school) or any computer or Chromebook (at school or at home) to open a lesson and deliver it to your students. Students also sign in to Lumio on their own devices, including Chromebooks, laptops, and phones, to connect to the lesson and follow along.

To share an assignment for students to complete on their own, provide a lesson link so students can access the assignment at home.

Students use their devices to interact with the lesson or assignment and can complete individual handouts and participate in collaborative workspaces, game-based activities, and assessments.

For more details, check out this YouTube information video.

Pima Community College has a limited number of Lumio licenses available for employees. Licenses can be requested with a Software Request Ticket.

SMART Notebook Basic Premium

Basic free version of Smart Notebook that helps teachers create dynamic interactive lessons delivered on an interactive display.

Free to Faculty

SMART Notebook basic version is free software designed for use with a SMART Board interactive display. It comes with many features that you can use to create, edit, and deliver engaging lessons to your students such as:

  • Creative pen tools
  • SMART Ink for writing and drawing in digital ink
  • SMART Ink presentation tools such as screen shade, spotlight, and more
  • Infinite cloner
  • Add shapes, text, and images
  • Interact with page objects
  • Add text, tables, lines, and shapes
  • Insert images and widgets (such as interactive dice, timers, and spinners)
  • Import PowerPoint (Windows only) and PDF files and convert them to SMART Notebook files


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