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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.  ...

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]...

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. ...

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. ...

Preparing for Success with Golden West College

10 February in News

During the 2016-2017 school year, HBAS has focused on preparing students for college and careers.  Our work with the Coast Adult Education Consortium has led to exciting collaborations with Golden West College (GWC). In Fall 2016, GWC Instructor Crystal Proud began offering College Success Workshops at the Learning Center. These workshops serve HBAS Diploma and GED students planning to move on to community college in the next 4-6 months. To expand this effort in 2017, HBAS and GWC are now launching a College Success Course. Through this course, students can earn three transferrable college credits. To supplement the online coursework, Instructor Proud will continue to provide workshop-style sessions twice a week, offering students individual support as needed.  The workshops will also be open to other students, though only students enrolled in the course will earn college credits. The College Success Course is just one of many collaborations with our closest community college neighbor.  Starting this month, Golden West College is providing Mathematics Mentoring at the Learning Center. Like the College Success Course, this opportunity is also geared towards students intending to transfer to community college in the near future. Students will work to improve their math skills in preparation for the mathematics placement test.  With higher placement scores, students can avoid remediation classes when enrolling in college. And the best part? These courses and workshops are completely FREE for our students! Our work with Golden West College is made possible by Adult Education Block Grant funding through the Coast Adult Education Consortium. GWC Dean Alex Miranda Ph. D has been instrumental in working with HBAS Grant Coordinator Philip Villamor to provide these opportunities at the Learning Center. We look forward to expanding this fruitful partnership, always seeking new ways to help our students reach their goals. * Find workshop hours and locations here....

Honoring our Retiring Teachers

12 May in News

[caption id="attachment_21538" align="alignright" width="300"] Sharon Pritzos, Principal Steve Curiel and Randa Baird at the HBUHSD Certificated Recognition Celebration. [/caption] On May 4th, HBAS took part in the Huntington Beach Union High School District’s Certificated Recognition Celebration.  This annual banquet recognizes employees for their many years of dedicated service and choice to retire with the district. HBAS honored two beloved and respected teachers retiring in 2016: Randa Baird and Sharon Pritzos. Randa Baird first joined the HBAS as a substitute teacher in 1989. Within a few months, Randa became the lead teacher in the Medical Assistant Program. Since assuming this role, Randa has worked tirelessly to promote the program by participating in community events and leading a number of health industry associations. While building the Medical Assistant Program into what it is today, Randa left a strong impression on her students and colleagues. A former student recently shared that Randa added so much more to her education than any books could provide. Randa’s past evaluations are peppered with words like “wonderful, caring, professional, dedicated and a cheerleader.” It’s hard to imagine HBAS without Randa Baird. Fortunately, we will still see her now and then as an advisor to our Career Tech programs. Sharon Pritzos has been a key member of the HBAS family for over 30 years. After being hired as a substitute teacher, Sharon quickly began filling long-term assignments until she became one of the core teachers for our ESL Program.  Sharon was one of the first teachers Principal Steve Curiel met at HBAS.  He recalls being “immediately impressed with her passion for her students. Principal Curiel describes Sharon as “one of our go-to teachers for just about everything,” from curriculum development and book selection to student attendance and transitions. The ESL Program has gone through significant changes during Sharon’s tenure at HBAS.  Through it all, students and HBAS staff could always count on Sharon’s reassuring and caring personality to help them adapt and succeed. Both Sharon and Randa are perfect examples of the fact that it’s not the location of the school, the quality of the books, the comfort of the furniture, or even the technology in the class that keeps students engaged and coming back. It’s the teacher.  We are forever grateful for the contributions Randa and Sharon have made at HBAS, and wish them the best in their new adventures! Thanks also to our teachers who were honored for their years of service to the district: - 25 Years: Li Ngo - 20 Years: Deborah Klein - 15 Years: Keith Meginley, Harold Mozell, Brandi Peterson ...

Adult Education Week – Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Workforce

23 March in News

From April 4-8, 2016, HBAS will join adult schools across California to celebrate Adult Education Week. With the theme “Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Workforce,” we recognize the importance of preparing our students for the jobs of the future. At its last board meeting, the Huntington Beach Union High School District approved a resolution to recognize Adult Education Week from April 4th-8th, 2016.  In the resolution, the Board of Trustees "honor the Huntington Beach Adult School for the success of its educational programs and services."  Adult Education Week kicks off when we return from Spring Break.  What a perfect time to celebrate all the ways adult education enriches our community!...

Community Advisory Committee 2015 Meeting

15 April in News

[caption id="attachment_17778" align="alignleft" width="280"] Principal Steve Curiel greets attendees[/caption] Last month, I came on board as a new hire for the Huntington Beach Adult School.  With a lot to learn, I was lucky to start in time to attend the Community Advisory Committee Meeting, held on March 25th at the HBAS Gothard location. This annual event brings together faculty, administrators, board members and community partners to discuss how to best fulfill the needs of students and the industries who will one day hire them. As we sat down for lunch, Principal Steve Curiel kicked off the meeting with a few clever analogies.  He described career technical education as a kind of pipeline—one that for many students seems too long, too complex, or just plain leaky.  He spoke of the school’s ongoing efforts to streamline the process and address common challenges such as transportation and childcare.  He explained the importance of passing (rather than throwing) the baton to colleges and future employers, supporting students through the next steps in their career paths. For featured vocational certificate programs, we heard about required courses such as “Anatomy  and Physiology for Coding” and “Business Soft Skills.”  Faculty members spoke of recent graduates who attained promotions at existing jobs and others who were quickly hired by their externship providers. [caption id="attachment_17780" align="alignright" width="400"] Industry-Specific Breakout Sessions[/caption] With our stomachs full and our minds stimulated, we split off into breakout sessions. These meetings gave educators and industry partners the chance to talk about what’s new in their fields, and how to best enhance student learning and hireability. While jumping between the breakout sessions, I witnessed educators striving to provide relevant coursework and business partners enthusiastically sharing their insights.  I saw a school thriving through a mutual commitment to giving students the brightest opportunities to succeed.  And I am eager to get to work! * Learn more about our rich offerings in vocational certificates 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. ...