Author: Anthony

Legislation Day

14 April in News

  Legislative Day is an event organized jointly by CCAE (California Council for Adult Education) and CAEAA (California Adult Education Administrators Association).  Supporters of Adult Education make their way to Sacramento to discuss the most immediate and pressing issues facing their schools. Those who make the trip have the opportunity to meet with legislators from their area.  Most who make the trip have the opportunity to make at least three or more appointments with state assembly members and/or senators.  This year our representatives were able to meet with two Assembly members and a Senator. We were able to meet and speak personally with the Assembly Member for our district, Matthew Harper.  Mr. Harper was glad to visit with the folks from HBAS, being a former member of our school board.  He was receptive to the issues that we brought to his attention and was open to support them when they come in the form of an actual Legislative Bill. Teams of three to six (made up of Adult Education instructors, administrators, and students) present their individual program successes and goals, as well as being sure to hit on the talking points that the Adult Education Associations want to make sure everyone involved is following up on. This year the talking points included 1) a willingness to continue consortia efforts started under AEBG and highlighting the beneficial strides made with this; 2) Conveying the short term perception problems of using the word “grant” and ask the term be revised in statute to words like Allocation or Funding; 3) Support increased funding for AEBG in the form of a COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment); 4) Propose the establishment of an AEBG stakeholder Advisory Committee to make recommendations to CDE and the Chancellor’s office on AEBG policy and guidance. Overall it was a good positive experience in Sacramento for all of us here at HBAS. Thank you to Tracy Foreman, Jesus Garcia, Suzanne Hammoud, Sherry Mancini (Student), Jim Turnbough, and Phil Villamor for representing HBAS! [caption id="attachment_24603" align="alignleft" width="335"] Sherry, Suzanne, and Jesus in (Capitol Cafeteria)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_24604" align="alignleft" width="335"] Sherry, Suzanne, and Phil (Gov Office in Capitol)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_24606" align="alignleft" width="335"] Briefing/ Legislative appt. training (Hyatt Hotel)[/caption]...

Community Advisory Committee 2017 Meeting

28 March in News

[caption id="attachment_24255" align="alignright" width="300"] Administrative Assistant Breakout Session[/caption] Every March, HBAS calls our community together for an annual "check up" of our Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. At this year's Community Advisory Meeting, held on March 23rd, we shared updates and sought advice from our diverse CTE community members. This year, we had one of our biggest turnouts ever! It was an honor for our faculty and administrators to host students, community college and business partners, and HBUHSD Board Members Bonnie Castrey, Dr. Duane Dishno and Dr. Michael Simons. First, Assistant Principal Shirley Vaughn reflected on several initiatives taken after input from past CAC meetings, including: Career Readiness Skills course Electronic Health Records course Incorporating Microsoft Office and Outlook into our computer course offerings Hiring a Job Specialist and College & Career Specialist Adding English and Math Pre-tests for certificate programs, and offering free courses to improve students' skills when needed Ms. Vaughn also emphasized the importance of labor market data and feedback from local businesses in driving our career programs. She explained how these factors led us to establish the Personal Care Assistant Program, and to develop an accounting certificate program that will start next year. During lunch, Principal Steve Curiel shared student demographic data, and described our efforts to a school safety net for students as we prepare them to transition to college and careers. Attendees also got a brief update on our career pathways from teachers in each program. [caption id="attachment_24254" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pharmacy Technician Breakout Session[/caption] The meeting concluded with the most important part: industry breakout sessions. These sessions give our teachers and administrators a chance to seek advice from students and business partners in their fields. The annual CAC meeting helps HBAS identify strengths, weaknesses, trends, and practices related to our CTE programs in order to better serve our students and our community. We are thankful to all who attended this year's event, and look forward to implementing what we've learned! – Briana Valadao is a teacher and “field reporter” for the HB Adult School.  She meets with staff and students to learn about the programs offered and share stories and new opportunities with the community. ...

HBAS Celebrates Three Students

12 December in Uncategorized

At HBAS we have focused for the past few years on helping people transition to jobs and or post-secondary education. Teachers are working diligently to understand what is expected from employers and post-secondary institutions so that they can make sure students are well prepared for their next step in their journey. We have also invested in the support staff to work with students as the begin their transition. We are also currently developing new approaches to enrolling students and supporting them while they are with us so that students are developing job readiness skills, often referred to as “soft skills” while acquiring their academic and vocational skills. With all these efforts underway it is always reassuring to hear when our efforts our bearing fruit. Recently, we were happy to hear that three of our students were hired right after completing their training with us. Anongnat Suebsak a former ESL student who also completed the Pharmacy Technician program was hired at Walgreens in Huntington Beach. Jason Roth, who is currently working on his high school diploma and close to finishing got hired at California Closets. Zoe Garcia, a Pharmacy Technician student was hired by Telenet RX in Yorba Linda. These student successes represent a number of similar successes that are happening more and more often at HBAS and this bring great joy to me and my staff....