New Student Quick Start Guide

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At San Jacinto College, a number of technology resources are available for your use. To take advantage of what San Jac has to offer, a few simple steps are needed to get you set up. Follow this quick guide to get started and prepared for your College tech needs!
Click here for a printable PDF version of the Quick Start Guide.

Set Up Your SOS Account

SOS is the secure San Jacinto College Online System for Students and Employees. To access SOS, you must claim your account.

If you haven’t already, head over to the SOS Login page at and click on the link that states, click here to claim your account. Doing so will allow you to create a unique password for your account, obtain your Student ID (GID#), and set up your security questions (required if you want to use Self-Service to reset your password in the future).

The Password Self-Service System allows you to change or recover a lost password.
Access it at

Register with the SJC Alert Me System

The SJC ALERT ME! System is used by the College to notify you in case of an emergency; such as College closure due to severe weather, an immediate danger or cancelled classes. To receive voice and text messages, you must provide your telephone and/or mobile number to the College by logging into your account on SOS and clicking on the red SJC ALERTME tab.

For more information, visit:

Register and Pay for Classes

Blackboard, E-mail, and computer access is not created until 24 hours after a student has registered and paid for a class. If you’re not already registered, log into your SOS account and get signed up!

Set Up Your Student Email

All San Jacinto College students are provided an email account once they have registered and paid for a class. Student email addresses use the format:


Example: John Doe’s student email address is

Head over to to set up your student email account. Your username will be your email address (Example: Your initial password will be your date of birth in a MMDDYYYY format. Please note: If your date of birth does not work, please try your SOS password instead.

For more information, visit:

Login to the Network

All students have access to computers in a variety of campus locations; such as Open Labs in the Interactive Learning Center (ILC) and the Library.

To login to an on-campus computer, use your SOS login username and password. You will also have access to a personal file storage drive (H: Drive) via the My Computer or This PC icon.

Login to Blackboard

Blackboard is San Jacinto College’s learning management system used for distance learning, hybrid, and technology supported courses. Blackboard is accessed over the internet and does not require you to install any software. However, you may need to install a compatible browser.

To login, visit Your username is your GID#. Your password is the same as your SOS password.

Test your System in Blackboard

Blackboard users can test their computer to make sure it is compatible with the current version of Blackboard. To run this test, follow these steps:

  1. Log into Blackboard
  2. Locate the Browser Test module on the My SanJac tab and click on the “Test Your Browser” button.
  3. A page will appear to show you to results of your test.

For additional information or assistance, contact Blackboard Support.

Contact Tech Support for Assistance

Tech Support

Information Technology Services (ITS) ensures the functionality of the network and technology hardware and software across the College. The services provided include technical support and client services, data and web management, and infrastructure services.


Blackboard Support

A team of Support Specialists are available to assist you when you experience functionality and/or technical issues within the Blackboard system. Phone support, email and walk-in services are available.

If you have questions about or problems with your course, you should contact your professor first.


Set Up Printing

San Jac utilizes the WEPA system, which allows for on-the-go printing from any location a WEPA kiosk is available. Students can quickly setup and deposit funds into their account and then print their documents directly from a kiosk using their username and password.

To get your account set up:

  1. Go to and click on Login
  2. Choose San Jacinto College for your school
  3. Log in with your GID# and your SOS password
  4. Click on the Deposit Funds icon
  5. Fill in both sides of the Deposit Funds form
  6. Deposit an amount into your WEPA account

Be sure to have your Student ID Card with you for quick access when printing documents and picking them up at a kiosk. The WEPA User Guide is available at

Use Hoonuit

Hoonuit (formerly Atomic Learning) is an online, web-based video tutorial library that provides all students and employees on demand access to thousands of short, easy-to-understand tutorial videos. The videos may be used as a resources to support classroom learning or to facilitate your own personal learning.

You can access the Hoonuit tool through the My SanJac tab in Blackboard, under the Tools menu.

Use Smarthinking

SMARTHINKING is an online tutoring resource that allows students to connect with live tutors from any computer with Internet access. It provides online math, writing and other academic subject tutoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the online writing lab, e-structors critique and return essays within 24 hours.

Students can access Smarthinking through the My SanJac tab in Blackboard, under the Tools menu.

Access the Library Online

The San Jac Library provide services to help you succeed.

  • Get research help
  • Access magazine and newspaper articles online
  • Use textbooks, handouts, test reviews and videos
  • Find books using the library catalog
  • Renew books online
  • Use a study room
  • Borrow a laptop or use Wi-Fi
  • Chat online with a librarian

For more information or to access these services, visit the website at or the Library tab within Blackboard.

Use SOS as a Resource

Remember SOS is a resource to view final grades, transcripts, register for classes, financial aid information and more. Be sure to update contact information in SOS as needed.