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Gwinnett Tech names Instructor of the Year

Mehmet Kilinc, program director for the Information Security Specialist program at Gwinnett Tech, has been honored with the college’s 2014 Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Education. (Special Photo)

Mehmet Kilinc, program director for the Information Security Specialist program at Gwinnett Tech, has been honored with the college’s 2014 Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Education. (Special Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — A seasoned instructor who has led a program at Gwinnett Technical College for more than a decade was named the school’s Instructor of the Year on Tuesday.

Mehmet Kilinc, program director for the Information Security Specialist program at Gwinnett Tech, has been honored with the college’s 2014 Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Education. The award honors technical education’s most outstanding instructors, and has been around since 1991 as the recipients are technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

“He works not only to ensure that students are trained and prepared to enter the workforce, but also to guarantee their ability to evolve with the ever-changing field of information security,” Victoria Seals, vice president of Academic Affairs, said in a news release. “As a program director, Mehmet has spearheaded efforts to articulate the information security classes in transfer agreements with several four-year colleges and universities.”

Kilinc moves on to represent Gwinnett Tech at a statewide competition.

By teaching, Kilinc said he hopes to make society a better place, and his students contributing members of society. In the information security industry, Kilinc teaches strong ethics because, “people trust us with their information. We are the gatekeepers.”

“Seeing the success of my students is the biggest reward I get,” Kilinc said. “When one of my former students calls me about hiring one of our current students, I am extremely delighted. It makes it all worthwhile.”

As a programmer, database administrator, network administrator and information security professional, Kilinc has more than 20 years of IT experience. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Colorado State University.

Kilinc helped create the Information Security program at Gwinnett Tech, which was the first in the state’s Technical College System. Kilinc also serves as the TCSG state chair for the Instructional Faculty Consortium Committee for the Information Security program.

Kilinc also serves on the Collins Hill High School technical education advisory board and volunteers his time to support the homeless.

Other faculty members nominated for this year’s Perkins Award include Susan Arnold, Program Director, Interiors, Ryan Cheek, Instructor, Veterinary Technology Bob DeLorme, Program Director, Respiratory Care, James Hogan, Instructor, Criminal Justice, Chris Kowtco, Instructor, Radiologic Technology, Mark Newton, Program Director, Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management, T.C. Parker, Program Director, Surgical Technology, Robert Powers, Program Director, Clinical Research