Burbank ANCA Meets with Superintendent Carrizosa

Ara K. Manoogian, Mariya Kupchyan, Stan Carrizosa and Silva Kechichia

BURBANK—Armenian National Committee of America Burbank representatives Silva Kechichian, Mariya Kupchyan and Ara K. Manoogian recently held a meeting with Burbank Unified School District (BUSD) Superintendent Stan Carrizosa to discuss possible partnerships and collaborative efforts between the two parties in the near future.

During the meeting, ANCA—B suggested creating a long term partnership with BUSD through which students volunteering for the organization could receive school credit for their efforts. Superintendent Carrizosa agreed to further explore the idea with school counselors.

Additionally, the group discussed the possibility of launching a cultural sensitivity program for BUSD teachers through the Armenian Genocide Institute.  Superintendent Carrizosa welcomed the idea as a voluntary workshop in the coming school year, which would roll over to mandatory workshops after proven successful.  He also welcomed the idea of mandatory workshops through the Armenian Genocide Institute for all World History teachers, which would also provide teachers with supplemental books and course materials to be used in the classroom.

The meeting concluded with further discussions on ANCA Burbank’s participation in the upcoming BUSD College Fair as well as the implementation of the ANCA’s Path to College Program on BUSD campuses.  Established in 2007, PTC workshops cover an array of topics dealing with graduation requirements, the college admissions process and financial aid.

“We’re extremely pleased with how much we accomplished through this meeting. In particular, the training program for teachers will be an excellent way to educate and better prepare these instructors to communicate with Burbank’s youth,” stated ANCA Burbank Chair, Silva Kechichian.

The Armenian National Committee of America – Burbank advances the social, economic, cultural and political rights of the area’s Armenian American community and promotes increased Armenian American civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.

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