Dr. Binh Tran is the seventh GGC faculty member to win a Felton Jenkins, Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award, the University System of Georgia’s highest faculty honor.
As an assistant professor of information technology at GGC, Tran teaches courses focused on the hardware and networking aspects of computing. His love for teaching and computers and his industry experience inspire his innovative, holistic approach to education.
“My goal is to transform students into professionals ready for work. I teach both the technical and the soft skills they need to be successful,” he said.
Knowing that students need both a bachelor’s degree and certifications to obtain jobs, Tran developed a course that includes preparation for the Microsoft Technology Associate certification exam. So far, his students have achieved an impressive 90-percent pass rate and he is working to develop additional courses tied to networking and cloud computing certifications.
Tran also volunteers to help students with setting graduation goals, resume preparation, interview skills and obtaining internships and jobs with local employers, one of which now employs 25 GGC alumni.
From digital media to organic chemistry and exercise science, the School of Science and Technology (SST) provides students with cutting-edge courses that take them to the next step in their academic and professional careers. Internships, faculty-mentored projects, course-embedded research and technology-enhanced learning opportunities are available.
A variety of concentrations enable students to customize their degrees for specific career goals. No matter their major, students will always be challenged to think outside the box – and outside the lab.
All SST majors are challenged to demonstrate mastery of their chosen field through faculty-mentored research projects or internships. Past projects have focused on such topics as air quality, the environmental impact of kudzu and the development of 3-D visualization as a teaching tool.
SST uses smart technology to help students grasp new material and develop critical-thinking skills. That commitment has led to many teaching innovations – including the award-winning Mobile Learning Project, which incorporates hand-held digital technology into the teaching of organic chemistry. In the end, however, it’s our faculty’s dedication to student success that makes the SST a great place to learn.
The School of Science and Technology offers bachelor’s of science degrees in these majors:
- Environmental Science
- Exercise Science
- Information Technology
- Information Technology