Orienting Students toward Success

22 December in News

          At HBAS, our first goal is to help our students reach their goals. This means providing support and guidance from start to finish. That's why we've revamped our enrollment process to start our students off on the right foot.  When students enroll in our Career Tech, High School Diploma, GED and ESL Programs, they will attend an orientation.           During the interactive session, students learn what they can expect from our school, and what our school expects from students. We offer tools and resources to help students overcome barriers to success- with a special focus on our College & Career Center and Student Support Services.           An incoming ESL student recently shared about the experience: "I feel very lucky receiving this priceless and professional orientation about finding my career, personal and academic goals, besides my personal growth. Starting over in a new environment becomes an interesting challenge for all of us. There are many variables in the equation, this is a clue solving the answers. Thank all of HBAS team-members."           Through this new process, we hope to ensure that our students reach their education and career goals at HBAS and beyond.  Learn more here!...

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.  ...

2017 Diploma and GED Graduation

27 July in News

Our Diploma and GED graduation ceremony took place at the Westminster Mall on June 15th. We celebrated 91 students who completed high school diploma and 15 students who passed and received their high school equivalency.   At the ceremony, students and guests heard from guest speaker Briana Johnson, a former HBAS student who was awarded the Simon Youth Scholarship in spring of 2016. She was followed by student speaker Reanna Holland, who received a 2017 Recognition of Achievement Award and 2017 Schools First Scholarship.   HBAS Math Teacher Ann Cosgrove presented several students with Recognition of Achievement Awards, which are chosen by HBAS teachers. She explained how "these students stood out to their instructors, be it for harder work than anyone else or having to do more work than anyone else, and some students stand out for their attitudes."    Then our College & Career Specialist, Valerie Beachly, presented scholarship awards to students chosen for their "perseverance, attendance, and academic promise." These scholarships will help students in their further pursuit of higher education.   Principal Steve Curiel introduced Dr. Michael Durnil, Executive Director of the Simon Youth Foundation. Dr. Durnil awarded Lisa Marie Tickenoff a $8,000 college scholarship.   After students were called up by name to receive their diplomas and certificates, District Board Member Kathy Iverson accepted the class of 2017, making them official graduates of the Huntington Beach Union High School District.    Thanks to all of the family and friends who joined us to celebrate our 2017 graduates. Congratulations, Class of 2017!   See our Graduation Photo Album and download photos of your graduates here.   [caption id="attachment_26187" align="alignright" width="267"] HB Administrators Association Scholarship winners Cynthia Aquino Garcia and Arlette BautistaSchools First Federal Credit Union Scholarship winners Evelyn Iniguez and Reanna Holland[/caption] Recognition of Achievement Award Recipients:   Kolby Barton • Maria Sandoval • Evelyn Iniguez • Alissa Arreola • Mark Elvidge • Su Moran • Ruben Del Villar • Reanna Holland • Amber Castaneda  Scholarship Recipients:  Huntington Beach Administrators Association (HBAA): • Cynthia Aquino Garcia • Arlette Bautista  Schools First Federal Credit Union (SFFCU): • Evelyn Iniguez • Michael Sweeny • Reanna Holland  Simon Youth Foundation: • Lisa Marie Tickenoff...

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. ...

Cynthia Garcia Aquino – 2017 Lifelong Learner Award Recipient

03 April in Student Success Stories

Cynthia Garcia Aquino came to the United States in 2014, having attended 3 years of high school in her native country of the Philippines. After being turned down by employers a number of times due to her lack of a high school diploma or GED, she had just about given up on finding a job. Fortunately, Cynthia happened to walk by the Huntington Beach Adult School Learning Center while shopping at the Westminster Mall. The signage about a “second chance” was the right message at the right time. Cynthia began the GED Program in November, 2014, and passed the exams in June of 2016--all while raising three children and dealing with health issues. After completing her GED, Cynthia was encouraged and supported to continue on with career training classes at HBAS. She took Career Readiness Skills and Keyboarding, as well as Electronic Health Records and Beginning Word.  These courses prepared her for the Pharmacy Technician program, which she is expected to complete in May of 2017. We have little doubt that Cynthia will be working in a local pharmacy by June. Since coming to HBAS, Cynthia's can-do attitude has been an inspiration to her fellow students and staff alike.  “She is extremely dedicated and works tirelessly to achieve all that she sets out to do.  Cynthia is always eager to tackle the next project, and to encourage her fellow students to continue when things get tough.” says Keith Meginley, her GED instructor.  Good luck in your new career, Cynthia!...

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! ...

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....

Lifelong Learners Awards 2016

14 April in News

[caption id="attachment_21285" align="alignright" width="500"] Dr. Plutko, Dr. Dishno, Dr. Castrey, Lifelong Learners Tina, Roberto and Angie, Board Member Iverson, Principal Curiel[/caption] On Wednesday morning, April 13th, the Huntington Beach Adult School hosted its 2015-2016 Lifelong Learners Awards Breakfast.  Administrators, teachers and staff joined family and friends to recognize three exemplary students as this year's Lifelong Learners. Out of over 8,000 students, these Lifelong Learners were nominated by their instructors for their dedication, willingness to be selfless in class, and commitment to using their skills to help better the lives of others. As Principal Steve Curiel explained, "while many people struggle to find or make the time to better themselves through education," our Lifelong Learners "have overcome similar challenges and have succeeded." Each honoree was called up to accept an award from their instructor, and Principal Curiel shared their educational journeys. Growing up in Mexico, ESL student Angelica Reyes had to work full-time at age thirteen, and was only able to finish elementary school. When she came to the US, Angie was "motivated to learn English so she can support her daughter with her homework," and is now also enrolled in the GED study program. A working husband and father of three, Roberto Ruiz returned to school after 20 years to earn his Adult Diploma at HBAS. He thanked the teachers and staff at the Westminster Mall Learning Center, claiming that "they seem to work all the time." [caption id="attachment_21284" align="alignleft" width="500"] Our Lifelong Learners with their instructors and families.[/caption] Tina Olguin started out in the GED Program, and later moved on to the Pharmacy Technician Program. After using a variety of study methods (such as writing formulas and equations on the back of wrapping paper and covering her walls at home), Tina is now employed at Walgreens and told us, "I really love my job!" This is one of our favorite events of the year: a celebration of our students and the impacts they have in our school and community.  Thanks to all who came to honor our Lifelong Learners, especially HBUHSD Superintendent Dr. Gregory Plutko and Board Members Dr. Duane Dishno, Dr. Bonnie Castrey, and Kathleen Iverson. Learn more about our amazing Lifelong Learners by reading their Success Stories! See the Lifelong Learners Awards Album on Facebook!    – 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 opportunities with the community. ...

Student Spotlight – Angelica Reyes // ESL / Lifelong Learner

14 April in Student Success Stories

Throughout her life, Angelica Reyes has independently 
developed her educational 
skills. Facing harsh economic conditions during childhood in Mexico, Angie was only able to complete elementary school. At thirteen, she
 started working full-time in the agricultural sector. Angie’s financial contribution helped her father purchase a house and her younger sister complete high school and attend university. Ms. Reyes came to the United States in 2002. She worked in a factory to support her extended family back in Mexico. In addition to working two jobs, Angelica quickly decided to enroll at HBAS to improve her English. She got married and had a baby girl.  Angelica is motivated to learn English so that she can help her daughter with her homework. ESL Instructor John Miranda describes Angelica as “a leader within my class.”  She has been awarded for good attendance, and taken initiative to help her classmates. Angelica has also enrolled into the GED study program, to learn academic information she has longed for since childhood. And for the future? She has dreams of learning computer science to obtain a career in fixing computers. With a determination to help her child succeed through her own self-development, Angelica Reyes has become an inspirational Lifelong Learner.  ...

Student Spotlight – Tina Olguin // Pharmacy Technician / Lifelong Learner

14 April in Student Success Stories

Aristotle once said, "the road to education is bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” Tina Olguin’s educational journey had bitter roots to start. It all began in 2007, fourteen years after what should have been her high school graduation.  Tina wanted that education and faced the challenge head-on by returning to earn her G.E.D. Diploma through the Huntington Beach Adult School. In the following years, Tina took notice of our Allied Health Programs.  In 2015, she went full steam ahead by enrolling in the Pharmacy Technician Program at HBAS. The math entrance exam was a steep hurdle, but Tina enrolled in the Allied Health Math Refresher Course and passed it with the guidance of Mrs. Suzanne Hammoud. [caption id="attachment_21289" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tina celebrates with Instructors Suzanne Hammoud and Pamela Canlas. [/caption] Tina's attitude towards learning had a positive impact in her Pharmacy Technician classes.  She completed the program with perfect attendance and earned a place on our honor roll. Determined to take full advantage of our externship program, she completed Beginning Word, Keyboarding, and Career Readiness to obtain the necessary workforce skills. Tina was hired three days into her externship at Walgreens, and earned a pay increase when she passed the Pharmacy Technician Certification National Board Exam. She now holds the sweet titles of Registered Pharmacy Technician and Certified Pharmacy Technician. Today, Tina says with enthusiasm that she “really loves her job.”  With her positive attitude, perseverance, and love of learning, Tina Olguin shows all that is possible as a Lifelong Learner.        ...