Burbank ANC Career Fair Becomes Valuable Resource

Interested students converge at one of the many booths at the career/college fair

BURBANK—The Armenian National Committee of Burbank (ANC Burbank), in partnership with the Confederation of All-American Student Association (All-ASA), hosted a Career and College Fair, on Saturday, November 12 at Burbank High School. The event was attended by over 250 students, most of them from Burbank Unified School District. In addition to information booths and workshops there was also live entertainment from ARF “Gaydzag” Badanegan member Sako Minoian.

“I am very excited about the event’s turnout,” stated Silva Kechichian, ANC Burbank-Chair. “It is so important to let the students know how many opportunities are available to them, whether they want to apply to a four year university or start a career upon graduating.”

Among the booths providing information on internship and volunteer opportunities at the event were the University of California Loc Angeles, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, the University of Southern California, California State University Northridge and Occidental College.

“It is so important for high school students to plan ahead even if they are not seniors,” stated Jennifer Movsessian, member of the UCLA ASA and AGA.

The proud organizers of the fair

The Burbank High School (BHS) Armenian Club advisor, Laura Messian noted, “Making decisions about college is difficult. It is important for young people to receive this information from other young, and a people peer on peer exchange can help put it into perspective.”

Fellow BHS Armenian Club member, Arvin Setaghaian, added, “I encourage all students to come out and gain this information, it’s a great experience.”

In addition to representatives from schools and universities the Burbank Police Department also had a booth to provide information about possible opportunities in law enforcement.
“It’s a great opportunity to come here and let people know about the opportunities available in the Burbank Police Department. For those who are interested, we provide information about the cadet or officer programs,” said Officer Kendrick of the Burbank Police Department.

Burbank Mayor Jess A. Talamentes attended the event and praised the ANC Burbank on their efforts to educate students on career and educational opportunities.

The office of Congressman Adam Schiff, D- District 29, CA, whose district includes the City of Burbank, was also represented at the event. Mary Hovagimian, the district representative of Adam Schiff said, “ I think this fair is a very good opportunity for young people. It should be hosted on an annual basis. I feel that the ANC should conduct 90 percent of its business outside the office, especially on the local level.”

For more information you can contact the ANC Burbank at media@burbankanc.orgor the
All-ASA College Fair Committee at college@all-asa.org.

The Confederation of the All-Armenian Student Association (All-ASA) promotes communication between its Constituent Organizations and provides forums, through which the organizations may announce events, publicize activities, share ideas regarding the Armenian college student community, and facilitate the formulation of All-ASA programs.

The Armenian National Committee of 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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