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New Career Pathways with OCC!

03 November in News, Uncategorized

As part our collaborative work in the Coast Adult Education Consortium, we are offering two career pathways with Orange Coast College.  The Childhood Development and Personal Care Aide courses prepare students for in-demand jobs, and are either free or low-cost.  These classes are open to everyone, but we especially encourage our ESL Level 3 & 4 students to take the next step in their education and careers. Early Childhood Development  January 29 – May 27, 2018 This program is a partnership between our ESL Program and the OCC Early Childhood Education Department. After earning 3 units in this program, students will only need 3 more units of Early Childhood Development to qualify as an Assistant Teacher.  Taking place at Fryberger Elementary School in Westminster, the program consists of two courses: 1. Child Growth & Development (3 units): Fridays, $46 per unit + student fees 2. ESl for Early Childhood Education (optional): Thursdays, Free How to Enroll: Class space limited, so be sure to enroll early! * Visit the Adult Education Office at OCC, or attend a Registration Session at the HBAS Gothard Campus on one of these dates and times: Wednesdays, Nov 8 & 15: 2:00 - 4:30pm Mondays, Nov 27, Dec 11: 8:00 - 10:30am Tuesdays, Nov 28, Dec 12: 4:00 - 6:30pm Wednesday, Dec 6: 8:00 - 10:30am * Click here for more detailed course information. Personal Care Aide  January 8 - March 28 / January 9 - March 29, 2018 We are able to offer this high quality program FREE OF CHARGE!  Personal care aides give assistance to people who are sick, injured, mentally or physically disabled, or elderly and fragile. The demand for Personal Care Aide is steadily rising, and companies are standing by to hire our students. How to enroll: Class space limited, so be sure to enroll early! * You must come to the HBAS Gothard Campus to enroll in person on one of these dates and times: Mondays, Nov, 27, Dec 11:  8:00am-10:30am Tuesdays, Nov 28, Dec 12: 4:00pm-6:30pm Wednesday, Dec 6: 8:00am-10:30am * Click here for more detailed course information.  ...

Student Support Staff Spotlight: Counselor Courtney Winford

13 October in News, Uncategorized

Meet our New Counselor, Courtney Winford!   Huntington Beach Adult School is thrilled to welcome Counselor Courtney Winford to our Student Support Services team. Courtney has an extensive background in special education, providing instruction and counseling to students and families as they worked to meet the high school graduation requirements. She has also worked as an intern counselor at Golden West College, supporting students transitioning to college.   We recently set out to learn more about our newest team member, and here's what we found out:   Why did you want to become a counselor?  Working with students in need has always been my passion.  After completing my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, I started a counseling internship. I knew that it was exactly what I should be doing.   What can HBAS students expect when they meet with you? I think students can expect someone relatable. They will feel comfortable, and learn quickly that I will fight for them and support them. I don’t believe in working with students in just one avenue of their life.  I work for the whole person—social, emotional, academic, health. There is no issue or problem too small. I love getting creative, and even putting in some grunt work to find solutions.  You've been at HBAS for a little over a month. What is your favorite part of the job? My favorite part so far is how kind and helpful the HBAS staff has been. I have also truly loved getting to know our students. The feeling of affecting positive change in their lives has already been a gift.  What do you like to do for fun? I love to be outdoors, whether it's running, hiking, camping or spending the day at the pool or the beach. I also love a great concert or restaurant. Mostly though, I love going on “adventures” with my son—he is the center of my world.  What makes you most excited about working at HBAS?  It seems like the school is constantly evolving.  I believe change and growth are good and impactful, and I am excited to be a part of that.  Well Courtney, we're excited to have you on our team!   Want to make an appointment with Courtney? Please view the Counseling Hours and Locations....

Financial Assistance @ HBAS

25 August in News, Uncategorized

"We want to give students every chance to learn." - Principal Steve Curiel What and Why:  At HBAS, we never want financial obstacles to keep students from reaching their goals. That's why we have always strived to make our programs affordable.   And now, HBAS has developed a financial assistance program to help students who need it the most.   Who can Apply: Starting in Fall 2017, students enrolling in the Career Technical Education Programs (CTE), English as a Second Language (ESL), or Diploma/GED programs will have the opportunity to request financial assistance.  Types of assistance available varies by program:   CTE-  Course Fees, Books, Materials, Transportation (bus vouchers). Note: Only students enrolling in one of our 6 CTE Certificate programs can qualify for assistance.  Students enrolling in an individual CTE course are not eligible for assistance.    ESL-  Books and Transportation  Diploma/GED-  Transportation and Internet Access We especially want to help our current ESL and Diploma/GED students take the next step in their educational and career paths. Students in these two programs who are in good standing will have a better chance of being awarded financial assistance for our CTE programs. How to Apply:  Students can apply for financial assistance in 3 simple steps: Step 1: First, students must enroll and attend their orientation session, where they will provide household and income information.  Interested students will receive the Financial Assistance Request Form and directions on how to complete it. Note: Supporting documentation is required to verify eligibility. Step 2: Students bring the completed Financial Assistance Request Form and supporting documentation to the front office staff at either the BESST Center campus, Gothard campus, Westminster Mall campus, or Westminster High School campus. Step 3: HBAS staff will review the information to determine if the student qualifies for financial assistance. Students will receive a response within 1-2 weeks with further directions. We are thrilled to have the means to offer financial assistance, and hope this will open the doors for new students to reach their academic and career goals at HBAS.   Learn how to start the enrollment process here.  ...

ESL – Enroll for Fall starting July 5th!

05 July in News, Uncategorized

For the past few years, the ESL Program at HBAS has been expanding to meet growing demand in our community.  During the 2016-2017 school year, we added classes at a new location in Costa Mesa, the BESST Center, and served over 2,500 students! We are now gearing up for a new school year, and are excited to add two more locations at Fryberger Elementary (Westminster) and Anderson Elementary (Garden Grove). Starting on July 5th, students can now enroll for our Fall ESL classes.  Check out our list of our Fall 2017 classes and locations.  Students can enroll in any class at any of our main campus locations: Gothard, Westminster High School, the Westminster Mall Learning Center and the BESST Center. Please visit the ESL webpage to see the specific days and times for enrollment at each location. In addition to our standard ESL classes held mornings and evenings Monday-Thursday, HBAS is proud to offer two extension classes on Friday mornings: Citizenship and Conversation.  The Conversation Class gives students an opportunity to focus on building conversation skills.  This class is open to all levels. The Citizenship Class is designed to help second language learners pass the new citizenship exam and become U.S. citizens. Students will learn citizenship requirements, practice the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) exams and gain a background in US history and government. Students must test at the ESL level 2 or higher to enroll. HBAS is proud to continue serving our growing ESL community in new and exciting ways for the 2017-2018 school year....

Lifelong Learner Awards – 2017

04 April in News, Student Success Stories, Uncategorized

“Adult Education students achieve tremendous growth in learning while facing various personal obstacles. They often proceed to more challenging levels as they achieve their initial goals and discover new interests and set new goals.  Their desire to learn continues to grow and they continue to overcome life’s challenges. These students become models of Lifelong Learning for all of us, young and not so young.”    -  Principal Steve Curiel [caption id="attachment_24382" align="alignright" width="450"] Our 2017 Lifelong Learners (front row), with HBUHSD Board Members Dr. Dishno & Dr. Simon, Superintendent Dr. Harwick, and HBAS Principal Curiel (back row).[/caption] With these words, Principal Steve Curiel kicked off our 2017 Lifelong Learner Awards on Thursday, March 30th. This annual event is a special opportunity to honor some of our most dedicated and motivated students. Each year, HBAS educators are asked to nominate students who stand out as lifelong learners.  At this year’s awards ceremony, we honored six HBAS students from our Diploma/GED, Personal Enrichment and Career Technical Education programs. While our 2017 Lifelong Learners come from diverse backgrounds and educational paths, they all inspire the teachers, support staff, and fellow students they meet along the way. Thanks to HBUHSD Superintendent Dr. Harwick and Board Members Dr. Dishno and Dr. Simon for joining HBAS to celebrate our Lifelong Learners. Thanks to the HBAS teachers who nominated their students, and to the staff members who coordinated the event. And thanks most of all to our amazing 2017 award recipients: Cynthia Aquino Garcia - GED Briana Johnson - High School Diploma Ida Rodriguez - Digital Media Arts Ruth Lopez - ESL Chanh Phan - ESL Sherry Mancini - Pharmacy Technician   Our faculty and staff are proud to serve these students year-round, and to recognize their accomplishments at the Lifelong Learner Awards.  Please feel free to get inspired: click on each Lifelong Learner’s name to read their story! – 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. ...

Chanh Phan – 2017 Lifelong Learner Award Recipient

03 April in Student Success Stories, Uncategorized

Chanh Phan came to the United States 10 years ago, with her husband.  When her husband became ill with cancer, Chanh took on the responsibilities of caring for her husband and finding a job to support her family.  Her husband succumbed to cancer one year ago. While Chanh has always had the desire to become proficient in English, she is now especially motivated as a single parent. She wants to get a better job to help support her three school-age children.  Chanh believes learning English would increase both hers and her children’s chances for a better future. [caption id="attachment_24355" align="alignleft" width="300"] Chanh Phan with Assistant Principal Susan Torres[/caption] Chanh has been a real pleasure to have in class.  She is a kind lady who, despite her obstacles, is always upbeat. Although Chanh’s grades may not be the highest in the class, she keeps coming back with that same determination and focus she had when first walking into the class last September. Chanh’s teacher, Rebecca Spohr, is “impressed with her drive to succeed and to learn English despite all the challenges she faces.” We have no doubt Chanh will continue to thrive in ESL and beyond! ...

Ruth Lopez – 2017 Lifelong Learner Award Recipient

03 April in Student Success Stories, Uncategorized

[caption id="attachment_24374" align="alignright" width="300"] Ruth Lopez with ESL/Math Teacher Suzanne Hammoud and Principal Steve Curiel[/caption] Ms. Ruth Lopez is an ESL student of over two years, and is also enrolled in Suzanne Hammoud’s Math Refresher course.  These classes run back-to-back for six consecutive hours twice a week for Math, and four times a week for ESL.   A survivor of many life challenges, Ruth is unique in her tenacity for studying, and in her ability to juggle two jobs, two classes at our school, and a catalog business. She meets her financial challenges head-on as she travels to Washington, D.C. to see her son and daughter.  And between her many commitments, she still attends classes every day. Despite her trials in life, Ruth never gives in and never complains about her predicaments; instead, she always wears a smile and befriends classmates with a positive disposition. As teacher Ms Hammound explains, "this individual simply perseveres." Ruth aspires to pursue a GED Certificate upon completion of the ESL program.  Ultimately, she desires a career in Medical Assisting or a related field.  We wish Ruth all the best in her bright future! ...

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....

Back to School: Fall 2016

14 October in News, Uncategorized

With a month of the fall semester under our belts, let's catch up on what's happening at the Huntington Beach Adult School: Staff Training  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." ESL 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. ...

Principal Curiel named Administrator of the Year

26 February in News, Uncategorized

We are proud to announce that our very own Principal Curiel has been selected as a 2016 Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators, Region 17. "On behalf of ACSA Region 17, Huntington Beach Administrators' Association and Huntington Beach Union High School District, we would like to congratulate Steve Curiel for winning the Adult School Administrator of the Year award from ACSA Region 17.  Steve is an outstanding leader both locally and statewide where he regularly is called on for his expertise in the world of adult education and his passion for supporting students of all ages." Jason C. Ross, A.P., Edison High School Vice President, Legislation, ACSA Region 17 Along with 16 fellow administrators in our region, Steve will be honored at an awards banquet in May.   Steve is also in the running for the statewide Adult School Administrator of the Year.  Stay tuned as the ASCA state winners are announced in March. Here at HBAS, we can't say we're surprised.  Principal Curiel oversees an incredibly diverse set of programs, from Diploma/GED and ESL to Career Education and Personal Enrichment.  And he's also taken a lead in our increasing collaboration with local community colleges and industries. Congratulations, Steve! We are glad to have you as our fearless leader in the brave new world of Adult Education. - Briana Madden 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.  ...