In the aftermath of the 44-day Artsakh war, the Gyumri Information Technology Center (GITC) emerged as a beacon of hope for Armenia’s war veterans. Committed to equipping veterans with essential skills for a brighter future, GITC found a steadfast ally in the Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America – Northeast (AESA-NE). This collaboration not only facilitates the training of veterans but also fosters a community-driven approach to support and uplift those who have served their nation.
AESA-NE has been a crucial supporter of GITC’s mission, demonstrating its commitment by sponsoring 27 veterans who successfully completed IT training courses. Post-training, these veterans seamlessly integrated into the workforce, securing employment in local companies that collaborated with GITC to provide expert instruction. The success stories of these veterans stand as a testament to the transformative power of education and skill development.
In a testament to their unwavering commitment, AESA-NE, fueled by generous donations from its members, has once again pledged support. This year, 15 veterans are set to undergo six months of intensive training in various technical and IT areas. The ongoing support from AESA-NE underscores the organization’s dedication to empowering veterans and facilitating their reintegration into civilian life.
AESA-NE recently had the opportunity to witness the impact of their support firsthand during a visit to the GITC classroom workshop. Observing the veterans’ dedication, enthusiasm, and interactions with their instructors was a heartening experience. The commitment to learning displayed by these veterans is a testament to the effectiveness of the training programs and the transformative potential they hold.
Leadership and Collaboration:
At the forefront of this initiative is Ms. Amalya Yeghoyan, the project director of GITC. Her instrumental role in organizing and leading the program has been pivotal to its success. Additionally, Zorik Mikayelyan, a PhD candidate at NUACA and AESA-NE’s past alumni from Rutgers University, has joined forces to support the training program, particularly in the domain of drone software applications. This collaborative effort highlights the power of collective action in driving positive change.
Continued Support and Future Prospects:
The Veterans’ GITC program remains an ongoing endeavor, with AESA-NE and its donor supporters steadfast in their commitment to sponsoring veterans. The tireless efforts of Ms. Amalya Yeghoyan in raising funds and garnering support for veteran education are commendable. Looking ahead, there is anticipation for her visit to the United States through the Fund for Armenia Relief (FAR), further solidifying international support for this impactful program.
The partnership between AESA-NE and GITC stands as a shining example of how collaborative efforts can make a lasting impact on the lives of Armenia’s war veterans. As the Veterans’ GITC program continues to unfold, it not only provides valuable skills to those who have served but also serves as a beacon of hope for a brighter, more promising future. Together, through education and support, we can empower veterans to carry on with their lives and contribute meaningfully to the growth and prosperity of Armenia.