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Educational Software

Free Microsoft Office

Everyone going to school or working for the Vermont State Colleges can download the full Microsoft Office client suite for free. This includes Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and many more and can be installed and activated on up to 5 computers at a time.

Will my computer work?

System requirements to install Microsoft 365 apps continually updates. See Microsoft 365 plans for business, education, and government section on Microsoft 365 and Office Resources for the current requirements. Here are some basic considerations:

  • Windows:  Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1. Not available on  S Mode for Windows 11, or 10.
  • Mac: One of the three most recent versions of macOS. Older computers may not support recent versions of macOS. Microsoft Access and Microsoft Publisher are not supported on macOS. 
  • Chromebook: Not available on Chromebooks.

Installation Steps

  1. Log into your Microsoft Account Installs page.
  2. Click Install Office and follow the on-screen prompts to download and install the Microsoft Office software compatible with your computer.
    MS Install Office

Microsoft Office Mobile Apps

Install the apps from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

Microsoft Office 365

In addition, you have access to Microsoft Office 365 web-based applications (OneDrive, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, etc.). Log into your email account at https://ccv.edu/mail and click on the app launcher in the upper left corner to view all applications.

VSC Policy on usage of One Drive storage is here – https://www.vsc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/662-1-OC-Microsoft-OneDrive-Policy.pdf 

Free Public Wifi


Adobe Creative Cloud

Students can purchase an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription here: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/plans.html?promoid=NV3KR7S1&mv=other Look under the “Students &Teachers” tabs.

To use Adobe software in the classroom, students need to create and log in using Adobe ID accounts. More information about this change can be found here:


Zoom is CCV’s video conferencing software. Here are some guides and getting started documents:

Apple Mail

  • Open Apple Mail
  • From the Menu Bar click Mail and go to preferences.

  • At the bottom left of the Account window click the plus (+) icon to create a new account

  • Type in your Full name
  • Enter your CCV email address. Your CCV email address is the first letter of your first name followed by your last name. ex. “John Doe” would be “jdoe@ccv.vsc.edu”

  • Leave the password field blank and click Continue
  • Change Account type to either POP or IMAP.
  • Incoming Mail server: “webmail.ccv.edu”
  • Username: Enter “ccv\” followed by your <<CCV username>>
    ex. “ccv\jhd01010” NOTE: You must delete anything already in this field.
  • Password: Enter your <<CCV password>> then press continue.

  • Outgoing Mail Server: “webmail.ccv.edu”
  • Press Continue

Mac Wireless Guide

Connecting to Wi-Fi at CCV Academic Centers on a Mac

The method for connecting to wireless networks at CCV academic centers is the same for students, faculty, and staff. Find the directions below for connecting using a computer with the Mac operating system.

Connection Instructions

  • Click on the wireless icon in the upper right corner of the screen
  • Choose the wireless network “CCV”
  • Enter your CCV username and password. This is the same username and password you use to log into the Portal, Canvas and your CCV email. Your username is unique to you and will look something like abc01010.
  • Click Join
  • You may get a warning that the certificate needs to be verified. If you do, click on the Trust button.
  • It might take up to a minute to connect to the internet the first time.

Trouble Connecting?

If you are having trouble connecting, please reach out to staff at either your academic center, or the CCV IT HelpDesk or follow our troubleshooting steps on Trouble Connecting to Wireless at CCV.