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[GTech]: World Bank Delegation and Armenian Economic Ministry Members Visit GTech

February 23, 2010

On February 17, 2010 a delegation from the World Bank and the Armenian Ministry of the Economy visited the Gyumri IT Center (GTech). They met with representatives of several Gyumri and Yerevan-based businesses. During the session, meeting attendees discussed business issues related to the development of an IT industry in the northern region of Armenia.

In order to expand Armenia’s IT sector from Yerevan to the regions, the government plans to build a techno park in Gyumri. Economic Minister Nerses Yeritsyan expressed his belief that FAR’s GTech plays an important role in realizing a regional IT base. Currently, GTech is the only successfully operating entity in northern Armenia that has found employment opportunities for those in the IT sector, and attracted businesses to a region starved for employers. GTech maintains a program that delivers well-paying jobs through a combination of market-based education, new business incubation and business collaboration, resulting in the strengthened economic viability of an entire region.

Gurgen Paronyan, the executive director of GTech, noted that “GTech has already proven its basic concept of providing a workforce for technology companies that want to open branches in Gyumri. GITC will also be able to develop products for companies which are interested in outsourcing development to locations that can produce quality products within a very competitive budget.” The representatives from the World Bank mentioned that 24 million USD will be targeted to the development of IT infrastructure in Yerevan, including the techno park project.


[GTech]: New Course offered at GTech

February 10, 2010

In December 2009, GTech began offering a Web Design course to its students.   The course is being taught by Joshua Miller, a Peace Corps volunteer from the United States.  Curriculum for the course includes fundamentals of web design, Photoshop, CSS, HTML, and lessons on designing and updating graphics.  The course is four weeks long, and due to the success of the course in its first month, the course will be offered every month going forward.   FAR is very thankful to Mr. Miller for his contribution to the GTech community, and we hope that this will be a solid step towards the school’s goal of promoting sustainable growth in Armenia.

GTech Students Diligently Complete Their Lessons

Credit: FAR Staff


[GTech]: Professor from New York Visits GTech

December 15, 2009

Last week, Dr. Elise Kiregian from the New York Technical Career Institutes (NY TCI) visited GTech in order to lead a course on developing critical thinking skills.  All GTech students and staff attended Dr. Kiregian’s lecture, as the session marked the first time this type of western subject was taught at GTech.  During the training, Dr. Kiregian also presented GTech participants with the NY TCI College Prospectus and some educational video materials so that they could become familiar with the western curriculum.

Dr. Elise Kiregian Shares her Insights
with GTech Students and Staff

Credit: FAR Staff


[GTech]: New Virtual Lab Established by D-Link

December 2, 2009

Last week marked a major development for FAR’s GTech (Gyumri Information Technology Center), with the opening ceremony of a new network technology training program sponsored by D-Link. Founded in 1986, D-Link maintains a strong global presence in the design, manufacture and marketing of advanced networking, broadband, digital, voice and data communications solutions.  The Virtual Laboratory will start the regular courses in 2010. “This is a revolutionary event in Armenia’s IT sphere,” remarked GTech Executive Director Gurgen Paronyan and added “As a result of initiative, we hope that students from various regions of the Republic of Armenia will attend the new educational center at GTech.”

Official Ribbon Cutting of the
New Virtual Lab at GTech

Credit: FAR Staff

“GTech’s success and achievements, as well as the positive attitude of the employees resulted in our decision to launch the first Armenian Center of D-Link in Gyumri” explained Mr. Armen Shahnazaryan, director of D-Link in Armenia. In his acknowledgement speech, Karen Sargsyan of FAR especially thanked D-Link for its pledge to award the two strongest GTech students with D-Link Scholarships.  FAR is hopeful for the prospect of further corporate partnerships for GTech, as we hope to grow attendance at the school and make the program stronger each year.

Armen Shahnazaryan of D-Link Discusses the New Lab

Credit: FAR Staff


[GTech]: GTech Says Goodbye to Jason Paul Kazaryan

November 18, 2009

By Amalya Yeghoyan

In December of 2006, a resonating call in his heart drew Jason Paul Kazaryan to visit Armenia.  A few years later, Jason decided to move to Gyumri, and become the Executive Director of GTech.  Jason adapted easily to his new life in Gyumri, and for nearly one year, he supervised the GTech family.

The GTech students and staff greatly appreciate Jason’s commitment to the development of the Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech), and to the community at large. During his year as Executive Director, Jason used his skills to bring western work practices and business methodologies to GTech.  He worked with students and helped them to become competitive not only professionally but also intellectually.  Jason taught his staff members and employees to work with devotion and to feel responsible for the future of Armenia and of Gyumri in particular.

On November 1st, supporters of GTech and FAR gathered together for a farewell party in honor of Jason Paul Kazaryan.  It was truly an emotional event for all. Jason expressed his feelings with the following words “I know that one day I will come back [to Gyumri] for sure. I am not going back home but I go back from my home.” These words were so convincing that we have no doubt Jason will return!

Jason Accepts a Gift from FAR

Credit:  FAR Staff


[GTech]: Generous Donation To GTech

October 26, 2009

GTech’s group of friends and supports is continuously growing, as more members of the Diaspora become aware of FAR’s unique technology education program. This month, FAR was blessed to have the support of a new donor, Mrs. Shahaspyur Baghdoyan-Baran of Boston, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Baghdoyan-Baran visited Armenia with a kind mission; she had decided to make a donation to GTech in memory of her husband John Shukri Baran.  Mr. Baran was born in Syria and spent his entire career, both in Syria and later in America, working as a teacher educating generations of youth.  Regarding GTech, Mrs. Baghdoyan-Baran mentioned, “Initially, I intended to support one of the orphanages of Armenia.  However, I then decided to contribute to an educational institution that educates a generation and equips the youth with new knowledge.”

Mrs. Shahaspyur Baran

Mrs. Shahaspyur Baran

Credit: FAR Staff

One of the computer classrooms in GTech henceforth will be named after the devoted Armenian teacher John Shukri Baran, in order to symbolize the benevolence of the Baran family. A dedication ceremony was held on September 20th. Mr. Baran’s wife and sister traveled from Boston to Gyumri to attend the event, and Mr. Baran also had friends from Dubai and Yerevan in attendance.

FAR Press Secretary Levon Lachikyan commemorated the event by mentioning the importance of supporting Gyumri and the future of its youth. In their speeches, leaders of the GTech staff stressed the importance of GTech in shaping Armenia’s future as a scientific and educational hub.  FAR is delighted to be building GTech’s community of supporters!

Opening of the John Shukri Baran’s Auditorium

Opening of John Shukri Baran's auditorium

Credit: FAR Staff


[GTech]: Fundraiser for FAR’s Gyumri Information Technology Center Successful

September 23, 2009

Dedication in New York City brings progress in Gyumri. The energetic GTech Committee, chaired by Elena Sarkissian, spearheaded a fantastic fundraising event for FAR’s Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech) this past Saturday night at the SoHo House in Manhattan’s Meat Packing District.

Ms Sarkissian, her brother Patrick and eight committee members of all professional backgrounds brought together friends, colleagues, Armenians and non Armenians alike to get the word out on the self-sustaining possibilities afforded to Armenia by GTech. Ms. Sarkissian’s leadership and the talents that each committee member untiringly offer to GTech promotion and fundraising not only makes more possible in Armenia but communicates to the Armenian-American community new ways to get involved.

As Patrick Sarkissian put it to Saturday’s guests, “There is a brain drain in Armenia, and we need to help Armenia keep its talents at home.”  Thanks to his and Ms Sarkissian’s enthusiasm to start a GTech-dedicated committee three years ago, Gyumri’s talent has more opportunities than ever to advance and practice their professions in their own hometown.

GTech Committee (clockwise):
Talene Baroyan, Greg Bazarian, Martha Mensoian,
Elena Sarkissian (Chair), Patrick Sarkissian,
Shant Madjarian, Marina Sarian, Rafi Hovsepian,
Melanie Dadourian, and Kirk Hourdajian.

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