Back to School: Fall 2016
With a month of the fall semester under our belts, let’s catch up on what’s happening at the Huntington Beach Adult School:
Before the semester began, the HBAS Certificated and Classified staff gathered for a Back to School retreat. This 3-day event included a day at the Microsoft offices in Irvine, where HBAS staff received training on an array of Microsoft 365 tools for communication and instruction. We also met for two days at our Gothard Campus to prepare for exciting changes in our programming and our ongoing work in the Coast Adult Education Consortium.
“In a nutshell,” Principal Steve Curiel explained, “It’s all about transitions. We will continue to work with our local colleges and employers to build pathways for students. A major focus will be the student support services we provide to strengthen those transitions.”
The ESL Program has been an area of major expansion for HBAS this fall. To meet an increasing demand from English learners, we have added classes in Westminster, Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa. With over 1,200 students enrolled, almost all classes are full, and we have waiting lists for several classes. A special thanks to our ESL office staff, who have spent weeks tirelessly enrolling students, distributing books and making ID cards.
Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for updates on newly hired staff, our College and Career Center, and our added site at the Costa Mesa BESST Center!
– Briana (Madden) 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.