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Microsoft Imagine

Imagine - Free / Discounted Software

NOTE:  Microsoft changed the name from DreamSpark to Imagine September 2016

What is Imagine?

The Microsoft Imagine is an annual membership program for technical departments in the area of Computer Science, Engineering, and Information Systems. The purpose of the Imagine program is to provide Microsoft software at a low cost or free to students for training in technical fields where the Microsoft software is used.

To be eligible you must be a student currently enrolled at least 1 CIS department class. Your membership in Imagine is valid only during your enrollment in CIS classes (see the notes below for details). Students may purchase the software to install on their personal computers. Many software titles are available free to download or available for purchase at a 80-90% discount.

SOFTWARE TITLES AVAILABLE

Below is a partial list of the software titles available to students enrolled in CIS classes at Cuyamaca. See the Imagine site for a complete list. Most of the titles are free as a direct download.

  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Visio 2010, 2013 Professional
  • Microsoft Access 2010, 2013
  • Expression Studio 4
  • SharePoint Designer 2010, 2013
  • Project Professional 2010, 2013
  • Visual Studio 2010, 2012
  • Windows Server 2008, 2012
  • SQL Server 2008, 2012

TO GET THE FREE SOFTWARE


Before you can access the software, your teacher has to send a roster to the administrator.  This usually happens the THIRD WEEK of class.  Here's what you need to do:

1) Get the Cuyamaca College - Computer and Information Science - Imagine Premium email which was sent to your college email account. Student email access: http://www.gcccd.edu/is/email/email-accounts.html

Details:
  • A welcome email will be sent to all students when an instructor requests the accounts. The email will contain instructions for activating your Imagine account. This will normally happen during the third week of the the first semester you enroll in any CIS class. The welcome email is only sent during your first semester in a CIS course. You must save the Imagine information for access to the Imagine software in future semesters. The college purges all student email accounts at the end of each semester.
  • All students have a web based email account created for them when they enroll. The email accounts are userid@students.gcccd.edu. If you are having problems with your college email account contact the student helpdesk at c-helpdesk@gcccd.edu.
  • Lost your account information: If the welcome e-mail is not in your in inbox you will need to have your account information resent to you. Send an email using your college email account to Sherri Braaksma at sherri.braaksma@gcccd.edu requesting that your credentials be resent.
2) Login to the Imagine web site using the instructions emailed to you.
Details:
  • Software distribution is managed through the Imagine system sponsored by Microsoft.
  • The Imagine web site is neither owned or operated by the college. There may be times when the Imagine web site will not be accessible. Neither Cuyamaca College or the CIS department receive any compensation for any purchases.
3) Locate the software you want to order under the software option.
Details:
  • A credit card is required for payment for software that is NOT listed as FREE.
  • For software offered as a download you may need a CD or DVD to burn a copy of the software before you can install it.
4) Choose the delivery option. Click the "Get It" button. Fill in the order form.
Details:
  • You cannot change your delivery option once an order has been started. If you select the download option you cannot later change to have a disc shipped to you.
  • Orders are processed by the Imagine site. There are no refunds for orders.
    See the Imagine site for additional information.

ACTIVATION KEYS

  • Some Imagine software requires the use of an activation key.
  • If your software requires an activation key then it will be displayed on the order page when you download the software. If you order the software for home delivery then the activation key will be located on the back of the CD/DVD case.
  • Typically the activation key can only be used on one computer.
Notes:
  • Support for installation of the software is provided by your instructor.
  • The Imagine program is operated by Microsoft.
  • Software titles must be downloaded during the semester you are enrolled in a CIS class.
  • Software keys will not be replaced if lost and may not be available on the Imagine site in the future so be sure to save them in a safe place.
  • The CIS department pays a yearly fee to participate in this program allowing students to legally purchase software at deeply discounted prices.
  • Neither the CIS department nor any college employees receive any compensation for purchases made through this program.
  • Student participation in this program is not expected or required.
  • This program is maintained on voluntary basis.

MICROSOFT OFFICE

Office is not included in Imagine however it is available as a free download to students enrolled at Cuyamaca College. View details

Last Updated: 06/16/2017

Contact

Curtis Sharon
Program Coordinator
Email: curtis.sharon@gcccd.edu
Phone: (619) 660-4374

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