As part of its continuing lecture series on science and engineering, the California-based Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA) organized an interesting multimedia forum dedicated to the AGBU Armenian Virtual College (AVC), the unique online learning institution for Armenian education. The June 10 event was held at the Parsons Corporation in Pasadena, California. AESA Environmental Committee Chair Dr. Areg Gharabegian welcomed attendees and introduced Dr. Yervant Zorian, AGBU Central Board Member and AVC Founder and President, who led the presentations. Dr. Zorian introduced AVC’s mission and objectives, then highlighted its recent technological and academic achievements. Several AVC students and online instructors joined the discussion, both remotely and in person, to share their experiences. Presenters entertained the audience by presenting other AVC activities such as the Virtual Social Events, hosted by AVC online instructors for their students during each academic term. Marina Khachaturyan, AVC Online Instructor and Program Coordinator, presented a collection of virtual tours to Armenian historical sites, animated presentations of Armenian holidays, and many other multimedia activities designed to create a virtual community and support cultural and social networking among AVC students worldwide. Armenian Language student, Seda Filenko, who connected from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to the forum online, shared her AVC experience. “I was thrilled to learn of AVC’s existence. I am extremely impressed with the quality of the courses and incredibly thankful to be enrolled as an AVC student. It is due to this college that I have learned to read and write Armenian with basic proficiency,” she said. Izabella Harutyunyan, AVC Online Instructor, introduced several student success stories, and demonstrated sample lessons and forums from AVC’s history, language and culture courses. During the forum, attendees expressed their appreciation for the vision, commitment and effort that AGBU and AVC have invested into this unique program. Guests expressed their willingness to contribute to the strengthening of the program and its adoption into the local schools in the Los Angeles area.

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