Alen Andriassian
Alen Andriassian 
Alen Andriassian
, Student Outreach and Assessment Program Manager, has come up with a new way for students to explore the campus without ever leaving home – even if that home is in a distant country. “A representative from Virtual Rabbit approached me about offering a digital tour to prospective students back in February. Quite frankly, I thought it would be too expensive, but they offered us a great deal,” says Andriassian. The site launch is scheduled for mid-September.

The virtual tour begins in front of the campus. By moving the computer mouse around and clicking on “hot spots,” viewers are able to give themselves a self-guided walk around the campus on a beautiful spring day. The illusion is created by Virtual Rabbit’s proprietary software which integrates still photos into a seamless environment. More photos, short videos and even links and forms will augment the content.  Featured areas include the John A. Davitt Administration Building, Plaza Vaquero, Sartoris Field, the library, the bookstore, admissions and records, the fitness center, Plaza Vaquero, the nursing department and several other places of interest.

“We’ll be able to use this for a long time to come,” says Andriassian. “My immediate goal is to include videos in all of the main featured areas, and I’d eventually like to expand it to include more areas on the main campus, the Garfield campus and different vocational programs like the Verdugo Fire Academy.

“The virtual tour hits multiple markets,” he continues. “It’s great for new students – high school students who come through Glendale Unified might think that GCC is just like Glendale High. They’re surprised to see how nice the campus looks and that the environment is comparable to a university. We always used to give campus tours, but with limited resources it isn’t always possible.” The scope encompasses more than just high school seniors.  “The virtual tour is meant for anyone who’s interested in the college and it’s a tool that anyone can use,” says Andriassian.

“When we looked at the numbers, it made a lot of sense. This whole project, completed, will be less than $2,000. And it’s something we can use for a long, long time.” As a marketing tool, that’s a great value. To put that in perspective, an International Student pays approximately $5,783 to attend GCC full-time for two semesters.

Andriassian is himself a GCC alumnus and credits his participation in the ASGCC for giving him the direction to pursue his career. “I started GCC after Glendale High, because my dad was pretty insistent that I get a college education” he recalls. “I really just hung out with my friends and did the minimum for about two years and then I got involved with student government. I served as the Vice-President of Finance for two terms and then I was elected President/Student Trustee.”

Andriassian went on to earn a business degree from Loyola Marymount.  He considered going into the private sector, but applied for a position as the student activities coordinator at GCC, his first college. He got the job, and subsequently earned his master’s degree. “I went from being someone who really didn’t care about school and didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life to spending almost 11 years here,” he says.

How long has it been since you were on campus? GCC offers state-of-the-art facilities to create superior learning environments and programs to assist all members of the campus community. Join us for an interactive tour and see how your college has grown. Click on hotspots to move around the campus and move your cursor for 360 degree views.

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Last updated: 6/14/2013 2:32:47 PM