unfamiliar with Mission College, having worked here in 1999-2000 as
a computer and network support specialist. Now Hanh Tran returns to the
Sylmar campus as the new manager of information technology. With more
than 10 years experience in the field at various LACCD campuses, Tran
comes most recently from Pierce College, where she served as a senior
computer and network support specialist.
Tran has spent her first weeks on the job assessing the colleges
technological needs and laying the groundwork for new systems. She expects
her biggest challenge to be in finding the funds to keep Mission College
on the technological cutting edge.
I expect the first year to be difficult, convincing the administration
to fund the changes Ill think we need, she said. But
theyll improve the college and save us money in the long run.
Government and private grants focusing on technological improvement may
be a possible source of funding, she added.
Some of Trans goals include establishing a campus email system that
will allow every student to have a Mission College email address. She
would also like to establish campus hot zones where students
can use their laptops or college computers for Internet access while sipping
a cup of coffee. This kind of Internet café has caught on at Pierce,
and a similar venture could bring additional revenue to Mission College,
BY EDUARDO PARDO