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How to Get the Most Out of Studying

08 January in News

Winter classes are here, and it’s time to assess the way you study. Are you getting the results you want? By making a few simple changes to your study routine, you can be on your way to a fantastic performance this semester: Create a regular study space. Your brain associates different spaces with certain activities, so it is important to dedicate a spot to studying and doing homework -whether it’s the library, an office, or a desk in the bedroom. Try to pick a space that is quiet and relatively free of distraction. Avoid studying in bed or on a couch, because these places signal rest and relaxation to your brain. A regular study spot will not only help you stay focused, but prevent you from getting distracted. Study in 20-50 minute chunks every day. It is important to give your brain time to create and store long-term memories. Studying in shorter bursts over longer periods of time is much more effective than one long study session (“cramming”), and will prevent you from getting fatigued. Do yourself a favor and dedicate a short amount of time to studying every day, instead of waiting until the night before a big test -your test scores will thank you later. Get enough sleep every night. It may seem counter-intuitive, but getting a full night’s sleep is more important than getting that extra hour or two of study time. Our brains sort and store the day’s memories while we sleep, so cutting that process short will make it much harder to create long-term memories from your study material. Getting a full eight hours of sleep will ensure you get the full benefits of your study time, and help you feel better throughout the day. Pick your snacks before you study. It can be tempting to wait until you are hungry to start rummaging around for food, but this will not only distract you -it increases the likelihood that you will pick snacks that contain “quick-release” carbohydrates. These foods will give you a quick energy rush, but they are followed by an energy crash. Instead, pick out snacks with “slow-release” carbs before you study -like fruits, vegetables, or nuts- to keep your energy levels steady and prevent you from getting distracted. ...

Learn to Do Yoga & More in 2015

31 December in News

Did you know that getting in shape is the most common New Year’s Resolution every year? And it is not by accident. Regular exercise has been proven to give you more energy, prevent diseases of all kinds, improve your mood, regulate your sleep cycle and boost cognitive function in older adults. With all of these benefits, it’s a valuable goal to strive for, and one that is more attainable than you think. To start seeing changes, experts recommend that adults get at least 2-3 hours per week of exercise -something you can easily accomplish by enrolling in one of the many fitness classes at HBAS: Yoga (Starting January 5th, 1x or 2x per week) Are you looking for an opportunity to try yoga? All of the hype is not undeserved - practicing yoga will help you increase your flexibility, and in turn help various aches and pains disappear. It will help you build muscle strength, improve your posture, and boost your immunity. In addition to all of these physical benefits, yoga will also improve your mental health and help relieve stress and depression. Water Aerobics (Starting January 6th, 1x or 2x per week) Water aerobics are a great way to build strength and endurance without a harsh impact on your bones and joints. Even better, the continuous resistance of water means you burn more calories than you would outside the pool, resulting in a more effective workout. Exercises focus on all areas of the body, and pool props are available to modify any movements that are too difficult. Zumba (Starting January 5th, 1x per week) Zumba Gold is a fun, dance-fitness class featuring Latin and International music. Aimed at older adults, this class uses modified moves and pacing to develop a fit and healthy lifestyle. If you are looking a for a fun and friendly environment to get some aerobic exercise, Zumba might be perfect for you! Are you interested in other fitness courses? Huntington Beach Adult School also offers classes like Dance Aerobics, Firm, Tone and Sculpt, Low Impact Aerobics, and Zumba Gold Toning. For a complete list and schedule, click here. You can register online, visit our Gothard Campus at 17231 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach CA, 92647, or call us at 714-842-4227....

The Importance of ESL Education

13 December in News

The Importance of ESL Education Did you know that public schools are legally required to address the needs of non-native English speakers in the classroom? The benefits of ESL Education for children are well-documented, including a much higher chance of overall academic success and social engagement. However, these benefits are not just limited to kids -when adults enroll in ESL classes it not only helps the individual, but entire families and communities. As adults gain English language skills, they become more engaged citizens and participate more fully in community life. Parents no longer need to rely on children to be translators, and English Learners in turn become more self-sufficient. As ESL Learners take advantage of increased employment opportunities, they gain promotions, higher salaries, and expanded access to health care. All of this alleviates the burden on communities to provide support services and accommodations for families with limited English proficiency. According to the California Department of Education and Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems, more than 1.5 million adult students were enrolled in ESL programs in California from 2009-10. If you know somebody who may be interested in becoming one of them, registration is open year round: General ESL Classes (Running now through June 11, 2015) Monday through Thursday: Morning and Evening classes available ESL Multi-Level Conversation (November 14, 2014 – January 30, 2015) Friday’s: 8:30am – 11:30am VESL Intro to Computer / MS Word & Excel (Running now through – January 29, 2015) Tuesday’s & Thursday’s: 11:45am – 2:45pm Registration is available in-person at the Huntington Beach Adult School (HBAS) Main Campus located at 17231 Gothard Street in Huntington Beach and at our HBAS Westminster/ESL Campus located at 14325 Goldenwest Street in Westminster, CA – next to Westminster High School. You may also call (714) 848-9269 for more information.   La importancia de la enseñanza del inglés como segundo idioma ¿Sabía que las escuelas públicas tienen la obligación legal de tratar las necesidades de los hablantes no nativos de inglés en el aula? Los beneficios de la enseñanza del inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) en los niños están bien documentados, inclusive una posibilidad mucho mayor de éxito académico general y participación social. Sin embargo, estos beneficios no solo se limitan a los niños, ya que cuando los adultos se inscriben en las clases de ESL, no solo ayuda a la persona, sino también a familias y comunidades enteras. A medida que los adultos adquieren el dominio del idioma inglés, se convierten en ciudadanos más comprometidos y participan más en la vida comunitaria. Los padres ya no deben depender de sus hijos como traductores, y a su vez, los estudiantes de inglés adquieren mayor independencia. A medida que los estudiantes de ESL aprovechan mayores oportunidades laborales, obtienen ascensos, salarios más altos y un acceso más...

Winter Classes Highlight

11 December in News

As the fall semester winds down at Huntington Beach Adult School, the time has come to start planning your Winter course schedule. Not only is the new Winter Course Catalog now available, but there is still plenty of time to register for classes. The holidays are the perfect time to prepare for the year ahead, and if you are looking to make some career gains in 2015, why not check out some of these courses? Notary Public Seminar (Saturday, January 31st, 8:00am-5:30pm) There is a high demand for professional notaries in California, and certification will bring a valuable skill to your resume. Not only can becoming a California notary public enhance your existing functions at work, but it can also provide new opportunities for self-employment. Best of all, this is only a one-day course -just a little time for a lot of value! ABC’s of Accounting (Tuesday & Thursday 3:00pm-6:00pm, January 13th - February 12th) Whether you a small business owner, looking to get into the field of accounting, or just somebody who wants to understand their finances better, this course is the perfect introduction to accounting basics. Enhance both your resume and financial savvy in only 5 short weeks! Online Computer Classes Did you know that HBAS also offers a host of online computer courses? These classes are perfect for those with irregular schedules who can’t commit to a set time each week. You can learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint on your own time and at your own pace....

Easy Ways to Enjoy the Holidays

11 December in News

The holidays are a joyful time, but juggling all the things you need to take care of can create a lot of stress. According to WebMD, the average American spends over 42 hours a year on holiday activities, with women and parents feeling the brunt of holiday stress. Here are some simple tips to make sure you can enjoy the holidays without the pressure: Plan your schedule in advance. A little certainty goes a long way, and establishing how you will spend your time and energy before the holidays will save you mental energy down the road. Are you still looking for something to do? Check out this extensive list of holiday events happening in Orange County. Involve everybody in making plans and preparations. There is no reason one person has to do all the planning, shopping, cooking, and decorating. Allocating responsibilities to your partner and children will not only relieve the burden on you, but also help the rest of your family feel more in control this holiday season. Take time for yourself. It’s important not to stretch yourself too thin. It’s easy to miss meals or work-outs when our schedules get busier, but taking care of yourself is crucial to maintaining your overall well-being. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, and don’t forget that it’s okay to say no when you are getting overwhelmed. Give back to the community. The holidays are all about helping other people, but you don’t have to break the bank to make a difference. Volunteering your time will not only make somebody else’s holiday brighter, but also bring peace to your own. Click here to learn about holiday volunteer opportunities in Orange County, or visit the Second Harvest website to learn about food drives happening near you. ...

Announcing the Winter 2014 Catalog

12 November in News

Fasten your seatbelts, because the Huntington Beach Adult School Winter 2014 Catalog has arrived! Featuring everything from yoga classes to keyboarding certification, there is something for everybody. Have you been considering starting a new career? Why not attend the next CTE Orientation to see if a career as a Medical Biller & Coder, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, or Administrative Assistant is right for you? Winter classes start as early as December 1st. There is still plenty of time to browse the catalog to find the program that is right for you. As an added bonus, if you register for classes at least 7 days prior to the start date, you can enjoy a discounted Early Bird registration fee. As always, enrollment for our GED Preparation, English as Second Language, and Parent Smart programs are ongoing. If you are interested in any of these classes, don’t wait! Call us today at (714) 842-4227 for more information, or visit our Main Campus (17231 Gothard Street Huntington Beach) to register!...

The History of Halloween

31 October in News

[caption id="attachment_15936" align="alignright" width="150"] A traditional Halloween turnip currently on display at the Museum of Country Life, Ireland[/caption] Did you know that Halloween is a holiday composed of traditions from all over Europe? It is a patchwork of practices inherited from English, Scottish, Irish, and pagan cultures -making it impossible to credit any single group for giving us what we now know as All Hallow’s Eve. The rich history of immigration in the United States led to a combination of harvest traditions from all over the world -creating a new holiday that is uniquely American. In Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, people used to dress in disguises and carry jack-o-lanterns to scare away evil spirits. The turnip was traditionally carved during Halloween, but immigrants to the United States used the native pumpkin to carve jack-o-lanterns instead. Trick-or-treating probably developed from the practice of “souling” in medieval England. Poor villagers would wonder from door-to-door asking for soul cakes in exchange for prayers for the dead. Movies and TV shows from the United States have popularized Halloween, and it is now celebrated in most of Europe, South America, Japan, and other parts of East Asia.   If you’re in the market for a more modern way to celebrate Halloween, why not join the party at the HBoo Spookytown Halloween Festival in Downtown Huntington Beach? The annual celebration includes trick-or-treating, pony rides, a petting zoo, costume contests, and more! The event is free of charge, and takes place from 4 pm to 8 pm on Friday, October 31st. Bring your kids, your dogs, and your goblins for a Spooktacular evening on Main Street! Click here to learn more about the event....

Student Success Story - Shawny Espinoza

Student Success Story: Shawny Espinoza

21 October in Student Success Stories

I had actually attended Huntington Beach Adult School to finish up getting my diploma when I heard about the Pharmacy Technician Program. I chose Pharm Tech because it is a great career path and it opens so many doors into the medical field. Before HBAS I hated school, I've always loved to learn but I couldn't stand to not have a hands on interactive learning experience. At HBAS, with Mrs. Canlas as our teacher she always kept things interesting and fun. I really liked that Mrs. Canlas kept things hands on and she really made us as students feel comfortable, we knew we could come to her with any problem and she would help us without hesitation. Right now I am just enjoying some time off before I start the externship at Walgreens this November. I would recommend this program to anyone who is willing to work hard to obtain a career. HBAS was a whole new learning experience and the school has set such a high bar in the standards of education. -Shawny Espinoza...

Fast Track 1 Day Classes

08 October in News

According to the Hechinger Report, more than 20% of the working population in the United States dropped out of college before completing their degree, and that’s not including individuals who dropped out of high school. Working full-time, taking care of kids, and living off campus are all obstacles that make going back to school seem impossible, and many college programs are not designed to meet the unique needs of nontraditional students. At Huntington Beach Adult School our goal is to give everyone a second chance, whether you are trying to earn credits toward a GED, perfect your English with our ESL programs, or jump start a whole new career. In addition to offering online and accelerated courses, we also offer single session Friday and Saturday courses for students who simply don’t have the time to commit to a longer course. You only need a few hours to boost your resume and give yourself a workplace advantage! The good news is that you still have plenty of time to register and benefit your education. Learn more about some of our upcoming weekend courses in October: Notary Public Seminar (Saturday October 18th, 8:00am-5:30pm) Did you know that notaries are frequently hired in banks, law offices, insurance companies, and other government agencies? Becoming a notary will not only open doors to self-employment and new career opportunities, but can enhance your existing skills and help increase your daily functions in your current position. Make Your Own Address Labels & Stationery (Friday October 17th, 8:30am-11:30am) Purchasing address labels and stationery supplies from commercial stores can be expensive. Learn to make your own custom supplies in Microsoft Word. You can cost-effectively enhance your business marketing; get ready for the holiday season, or both! Excel 2010 - Level 1 - Spreadsheets & Formulas (Saturday October 11th, 8:30am-3pm) Excel 2010 - Level 2 - Formatting, Graphs & Charts (Saturday October 18th, 8:30am-3pm) Microsoft Excel is a vital part of day-to-day operations no matter what industry you’re in. If you are looking to expand your duties at work, or there is an area where you are feeling rusty -it’s worth becoming well acquainted with this ubiquitous program. You can enroll in either course that best fits your needs, or sign up for both if you want a complete apprenticeship....

Adult Education Week 2014

This week is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

26 September in News

The benefits to acquiring an education are as numerous as they are valuable. It is no secret that individuals with more education enjoy much better odds of: Finding long-term employment Rising and staying above poverty Overall health and lower healthcare costs Helping their children perform well in school Being involved with their community Adult Education is an important step on the road to opportunity, and a critical component to remaining competitive in the the global, 21st century workforce. Sponsored by the National Coalition for Literacy, Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is aimed at raising awareness for the importance of continuing Education, English language services, and increasing literacy rates. The ALA (American Library Association) has joined this campaign by labeling the month of September as Library Card Sign-up month, while the World Literacy Foundation recently celebrated International Literacy Day on September 8th, 2014. By drawing attention to Adult Education and Family Literacy, we hope to gain the support of Congress, Federal Agencies, Elected State and Local Leaders, the media, and partners in every industry nationwide. As the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all boats. To find out how you can help, please visit the National Coalition for Literacy website....