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Assemblymember Nazarian Secures $800K for LAVC Family Resource Center

LAVC honored Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian for his help in securing a $800,000 California State Budget Carve-Out to enable the LAVC Family Resource Center to expand its services for students who are parents. In addition, the LAVC Foundation established The Adrin Nazarian Scholarship & Endowment to help student parents at LAVC. 

Assemblymember Nazarian Secures $800K for LAVC Family Resource Center

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, 46th California State Assembly District, secured a California State Budget Carve-Out of $800,000 to enable the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Family Resource Center (FRC) to expand its services for students who are parents.

The college held a special reception to honor Assemblymember Nazarian and his support for the FRC on Thursday, November 29, 2018. LACCD Board of Trustee member Andra Hoffman, Marianne Haver Hill of Propel L.A., college officials and employees, and dozens of representatives from local non-profit agencies were in attendance.

The $800,000 carve-out will allow the FRC, which was awarded the State Chancellor’s Student Success Award in 2016, to both expand the physical footprint of its current facility as well as create a satellite location on campus so it can serve more student parents, workforce training participants and other vulnerable students. Community social service agencies will also be located at the satellite FRC.

“The Family Resource Center at Los Angeles Valley College is so lucky to have the support of Assemblyman Nazarian, who knew from the second he visited the FRC, that helping student parents holistically is part of ensuring their student success,” said LAVC President Dr. Erika Endrijonas. “His efforts in championing state funding benefit the work of the FRC, which serves student parents as well as other vulnerable populations, including food and housing insecure students and workforce participants.”

“The old adage, ‘Give a person a fish and they’ll eat for a day. Teach a person to fish, and they’ll eat for a lifetime,’ is perfect to describe why investing $800,000 into the Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource Center is so critical to ending the cycle of poverty for students,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. “We need to support students who are working hard to earn a college degree that will increase their workforce potential.”

LAVC Family Resource Center Founder and Director, Marni Roosevelt added: “We are so grateful to Assemblymember Nazarian, and look forward to using these funds to help us better support the needs of student parents. Many students come to us with the responsibilities of raising kids and supporting families, so by expanding our services we can not only help improve their lives, but the lives of their children.”

Amber Angel, LAVC graduate and FRC program coordinator, also shared her story. “As a single mother and a first-generation college student, I am so incredibly lucky to have attended LAVC because there is a social support network here. I would not have been able to successfully transfer to CSUN without the resources at Valley College that are available to students parents like myself.”

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian presented a symbolic check for $800,000 to Los Angeles Valley College President Dr. Erika Endrijonas, LACCD Board of Trustee member Andra Hoffman, FRC Founder and Director Marni Roosevelt, FRC Program Coordinator Amber Angel, and LAVC Adult/Community Education and Workforce Training Dean Dr. Doug Marriott to celebrate the California State Budget Carve-out.

As the end of the reception, LAVC and its Foundation surprised Assemblymember Nazarian with an announcement of a new endowed scholarship bearing his name. The scholarship will be awarded annually to deserving student parents.

“With great appreciation to Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian for sharing the educational vision of Los Angeles Valley College and its Family Resource Center, I am pleased to announced that Los Angeles Valley College and its Foundation have established the ‘Adrin Nazarian Scholarship and Endowment’,” said Raul Castillo, executive director of the LAVC Foundation.

The announcement was capped off with $100 donations to the scholarship from LAVC President Endrijonas, and Patricia Ballew, LAVC Foundation board president.

The LAVC Foundation will provide up to $1,000 in matching funds for donations made to the newly created scholarship. For more information about the Adrin Nazarian Scholarship and how to contribute, please call Raul Castillo in the Los Angeles Valley College Foundation at (818) 947-2618

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 12/2/2018 5:01:05 PM