ITS Help Desk

Information Technology Services (ITS) combines Information, Technology, and Service resources into a team with a commitment to facilitate the teaching and learning process at Central Piedmont. Through the implementation, advancement and support of technology, ITS provides outstanding technology services to our community college.

The ITS Help Desk provides a single point of contact for faculty, staff, and students requesting technology related services or support.

Help Desk Services

  • support of college-licensed applications
  • new account and account change requests
  • hardware upgrade and repair of college-owned devices
  • telephone system support
  • installation of hardware and software
  • technology consultation services
  • new equipment requests

Help Desk Hours

  • Hours of Operation

    • Monday — Thursday, 7:30 a.m. — 9:30 p.m.
    • Friday, 7:30 a.m. — 5 p.m. 
    • Saturday, 8 a.m. — 12 p.m.
    • closed Sunday

    All ITS clients have the option to place service requests via telephone, email, self service web access, or through a lab facilitator. If a Help Desk Analyst is not available via telephone, the customer will have the option to hold for the next available Help Desk Analyst, leave a voice mail, or access the ITS Help Desk via alternative support methods such as email or self service web access.

    • Voicemails will be responded to within two hours during normal business hours. If the request is critical, it is advised that you hold for the next available Help Desk Analyst.
    • Requests submitted via email to helpdesk@cpcc.edu will be responded to within two hours if received during Help Desk hours. Responses to emails received outside of Help Desk hours will be made by 11:00 am the next business day.
    • Critical or very important requests should always be phoned into the ITS Help Desk. Only non-critical requests should be emailed.
    • Since other email systems can sometimes be unreliable, the Help Desk cannot ensure the timely delivery of requests which are submitted from outside the college email system. Email service level commitments are based on the time the request actually reachs the Help Desk.
  • Live Chat and Remote Assistance

    1. Access live chat.
    2. You will be prompted to download a small virus-free plug-in.
    3. With your permission, your support representative can view your screen and share control of your mouse and keyboard.

    You are in full control of your computer at all times. You always have overriding control of your mouse and keyboard, and you can end the screen-sharing session at any time.

    Chat Support Hours

    • Monday —Thursday, 8 a.m. — 9:30 p.m.
    • Friday, 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, 8 a.m. — 12 p.m.
    • closed Sunday

Service Request Forms

To request Help Desk service, please use the appropriate web form.

Contact Procedures and Service Request Guidelines

What you can expect when you contact the ITS Help Desk.

  • 1. Record Contact/Issue Information

    When you call the help desk, you will reach one of our friendly and informative help desk analysts who may ask you a few questions to help provide the best service possible. We will need to know:

    • full name
    • the inquiry or problem in question
    • your location (office, home, etc.)

    Depending on the trouble you are experiencing, we may ask for the make and model of your computer, the operating system it uses, and the specific version number of the software you are using. This would apply if the need arose to remotely connect to your office workstation. If you don’t know all of this information, your Helpdesk analyst will help you find it.

  • 2. Troubleshooting the Issue

    Once we have the necessary information, we will ask what kind of trouble you are experiencing. If your computer has reported an error, it is helpful for us to know the error message that is displayed. Whenever possible, we will attempt to find a solution to your trouble by assisting you in a troubleshooting process. The majority of calls to the Helpdesk are resolved over the phone during this step.

  • 3. Log Request into the Case Management System/Dispatch

    Sometimes, the service you need requires that we assign a technician to your request. In this case, your request for service will be entered into our online helpdesk database and forwarded to a technician in an appropriate group. Our technicians use this database to respond effectively and efficiently to requests for service from our customers. Your help desk analyst may ask when it is convenient for a technician to contact you. After your service request has been entered into our system, you will be provided with a service request number. This number is used to reference your request for service. If you need to contact the Helpdesk regarding your service request, we will be able to access your information more quickly if you provide this number.

  • 4. Escalation/Service Level Agreement (SLA)

    While we do our best to process service requests as quickly as possible, we may not be able to resolve all issues the same day. Expect a technician to contact you regarding your request within two days. If your technician is unable to resolve the problem to your satisfaction, he may escalate the request to an appropriate supervisor. This process ensures that all requests to the help desk are resolved to our clients’ satisfaction. All logged Service Requests are assigned levels of Priority (urgency) based on the following aspects:

    • the amount of productivity lost
    • the number of customers affected
    • the overall business impact to the issues

    Priorities also have time allotments (ETA's) assigned to them to show an estimated time of resolution:

    • Critical: to be resolved within eight business hours
    • High: to be resolved within two business days
    • Medium: to be resolved within five business days
    • Low: to be resolved within ten business days

    Dispatching a Request

    If the request must go to a field technician, the request will be dispatched. These requests usually pertain to hardware break/fix service or special software installation and troubleshooting instances. The Help Desk professional will contact the field technician, wait for a response from the field technician and collect information on a plan of action, estimated time of arrival, and an estimated time of completion. This information will be entered into the case management software and the customer will be contacted and provided an update with the above three pieces of information via the case management system. The field technician will arrive at the customer’s site to resolve the request. Another site visit may be necessary if hardware is not available at the time of the first site visit. The field technician will stay in contact with the customer on any additional information pertinent to the plan of action and the Help Desk is available for escalation and service inquiry.

    Escalating a Request

    The Help Desk Analyst will escalate to an on-site staff member, second level support and/or to additional individuals listed on the escalation list. A contact is escalated when the total contact owner is unable to resolve the issues or when the request is not being resolved in the time set by the assigned priority level.

  • 5. Updates/Closure/Survey

    The assigned to will log any updates to the request and the resolution to the request in the case management software throughout the lifetime of the Service Request. All updates will be delivered via email to the original client who submitted the request. All cases will be closed after the request has been completed. Assigned to will close the request and the Help Desk Staff / Case management system will ensure client is fully satisfied with case or take appropriate steps to resolve the case to the customer’s satisfaction. The Help Desk will randomly contact customers to survey their satisfaction with the Help Desk and support received. A follow up email will be generated when the case is closed which will provide a link to a survey to rate the client’s experience with the Help Desk.

Education Publisher Support

The following are the first contact support and contact details for our most popular third-party education vendors. They typically advise that the instructor or the student contacts them directly.

Online Learning System Requirements (Blackboard)

  • Minimum System Requirements

    • PC Processor: 1.3 GHz or higher
    • Mac Processor: G4 667 MHz or higher
    • System Memory (RAM): 256MB or higher
    • Windows Operating System: Windows 2000 with SP4, Windows XP with SP2
    • Apple Operating System: OS X 10 or later
    • Display: 800x600 or higher SVGA recommended, 16 bit color or higher
    • Video Memory: 32MB of video RAM or higher
    • Internet access: dial-up 56k or higher (broadband recommended - DSL/Cable/LAN)
    • Sound: 16-bit sound card or higher
    • Optical Drive: 40x or above CD-ROM
    • Browser: MS Internet Explorer 7 (recommended), Firefox 1.5+
  • Optimal System Requirements

    • PC Processor:  2.0 GHz or higher, or any Intel Core Duo, or any AMD Dual Core
    • Mac Processor: G4 1.5 GHz or higher, or any G5
    • System Memory (RAM): 512MB or higher (1 GB or higher with Windows Vista)
    • Windows Operating System: Windows 2000 with SP4, Windows XP with SP2
    • Apple OS: OS X 10 or later
    • Display: 1024x768 or higher SVGA recommended, 32 bit color
    • Video Memory: 64MB of video RAM or higher
    • Internet access: broadband recommended (DSL/Cable/LAN)
    • Sound: 16-bit sound card or higher
    • Optical Drive: 8x DVD/CD-Rom
    • Browser: MSIE 6+, Firefox 2+
  • For All Systems

    • Keyboard
    • Mouse/Trackball
    • Speakers/Headset
    • Central Piedmont email account
  • Additional Equipment

    • Microphone
    • Scanner
    • FAX machine
    • Flash drive for file storage and transfer