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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. 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. 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.  ...

CISCO Academy: Now FREE for High School Students!

15 January in News, Uncategorized

After a successful launch of the Cisco Academy last fall, HBAS is excited to continue the CISCO Academy series in 2016! CCNA 1: Intro to Networks Jan 26-Mar 24, Tues/Thurs   - High School: 3-6pm   - Adults: 6-9pm CCNA 1 introduces students to the structure, functions and components of the Internet and computer networks. Students will learn how to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations of routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.  This course is part of a series that prepares you for a Cisco CCNA Certification. FREE for HB Union High School District Students!  Do you know a student at Ocean View, Fountain Valley, Edison, Huntington Beach, Westminster, Marina, Valley Vista, or Coast High School? All HBUHSD students can enroll in our next CISCO Academy class at no charge. That's a $399 class...

Opportunity Knocks: Medical Coding and Billing

08 May in News, Uncategorized

[caption id="attachment_18026" align="alignright" width="250"] Medical Coding & Billing student Leslie Bendees[/caption] After getting an overview of the HB Adult School at the Community Advisory Committee meeting, it was time to dive deeper into one of the career training programs. To learn about Medical Coding and Billing from a firsthand source, I recently had the pleasure of meeting with student Leslie Bendees. When preparing to return to the workforce last year, Ms. Bendees was searching for promising opportunities that didn't require a full associate's or bachelor's degree. She came upon medical billing and coding, a field that "is projected to grow 22% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations"(U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics). By September 2014, Leslie had enrolled in the program at the HB Adult School. Leslie found the HBAS program to be more affordable than other local options. And with the program’s accelerated nature, she could potentially be finished and on the job market is less than a year.  She was impressed by “how accommodating the staff was for students’ schedules.” The constant support from teachers and counselors helped make the hard work less overwhelming. Leslie was surprised to find how much she enjoys medical coding and billing. She thrives in the analytical nature of the field, where you don’t need to be good at math, but must be able to "investigate and get to the bottom of a diagnosis and claim of benefits." Now that she has passed the national board exam, her next step will be an externship placement with a local business partner. Ms. Bendees is excited about her career prospects, which range from private practices and hospitals to insurance companies and consulting from home. When reflecting on the journey to her newfound profession, Leslie simply said, "There's always a reason why something works out and something else doesn't." The demand for certified medical coders and billers is going nowhere but up.  Get started this month by enrolling in “Anatomy and Physiology for Coding.” This class runs from 5/11/15 to 5/30/15, and meets Mon, Tues & Thurs from 6pm – 10pm. The next program orientation will be on Friday, June 5 from 9am – 12pm. * Learn more about the program here! * - Briana Madden is a new substitute teacher and “field reporter” for the HB Adult School.  She will be meeting with instructors and students to learn about the programs offered and share stories and new opportunities with the community. ...