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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.  ...

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. ...

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. ...

Congrats to 2016 Grads!

28 June in News

Before celebrating the start of summer, HBAS celebrated our graduating students during ceremonies on June 9th. Adult Diploma Graduation HBAS hosted its Adult Diploma Graduation Ceremony at the Westminster Mall, site of the Learning Center where many students did their coursework. Over 90 students graduated this year, and 50 of them received their diplomas at our ceremony. HBUHSD Board Members and the Simon Youth Foundation joined faculty, staff, family and friends to honor our students.  After remarks from Principal Steve Curiel, math instructor Ann Cosgrove presented Recognition of Achievement Certificates to several students who “stood out to their instructors, be it for hard work, determination, and great attitudes.” School counselor Cynthia Bonnycastle announced scholarships for six students who showed perseverance, attendance and academic promise.  Given by local organizations, these awards aim to help graduates achieve “continued success in a post-secondary setting.” Huntington Beach Administrators Association (HBAA): Sara Bailey, Hayden Butsk, Amber Jezak Schools First Federal Credit Union (SFFCU): Janeth Flores, Matthew Hinojosa, Yvonne Pougand Principal Curiel then introduced Dr. Durnil, President of the Simon Youth Foundation, whose support has enabled HBAS “to provide students a comfortable high tech learning environment,” and offer our teachers “professional development and additional classroom materials.” Dr. Durnil awarded SYF Scholarships to Melissa Wahlstrom, Briana Johnson & Juan Hernendez. Once the big checks were handed out, it was time for our students to receive their diplomas and turn their tassels.  Congratulations to the Class of 2016! *click here for our graduation album * Career Technical Education Pinning Ceremony On June 9th, we also recognized our career tech program graduates during a pinning ceremony at Ocean View High School.  Students who completed Medical Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, and Pharmacy Technician Programs were honored by their teachers and the District. After all students received their pins (and big hugs from their instructors), Assistant Principal Shirley Vaughn congratulated our students, many of whom “held jobs and maintained a family while attending school.” She also gave our students a chance to stand and applaud their family and friends, “who have supported you in so many ways throughout your program.”  Our staff and faculty at HBAS are so proud to send off our CTE students to the next step in their careers!  Check out our Pinning Ceremony Photo Album! 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. ...

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. ...

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!...

A New World for Adult Education

11 March in News

California's 2015-2016 budget has brought new priorities and funding requirements for adult education.  As HBAS Principal Steve Curiel explains, the state's Adult Education Block Grant "is all about getting students into jobs and into college." In the past, state funding of adult education was primarily based on attendance, not student achievement.  Now, the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) has reframed how schools measure success.   If our ultimate goal is to prepare students for college and careers, we must increase our efforts to support our students and to track their achievement—even after they leave HBAS. Within the new framework of the Adult Ed Block Grant, funding across the state will be channeled through regional consortia.  For the past 2 years, Principal Curiel has been working with our local partners to establish the Coast Adult Education Consortium, which consists of: Coast Community College District Coastline Community College Golden West College Orange Coast College Coastline Regional Occupational Program (Coastline ROP). Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD)  Huntington Beach Union High School District (HBUSD) Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD)   By establishing regional consortia, the state's vision is to "create seamless transitions for students across adult schools and community colleges to accelerate academic and career success in order to earn a living wage."  Overall, this is good news for adult education. Governor Brown recognizes our important role in preparing and supporting the state's workforce.  By tying funding to the consortia, the state is challenging us to grow and enrich our services.  It will be more work, but it's good work. So how does all of this affect HBAS?   Here's the short version: HBAS will continue to offer Adult Diploma & GED, ESL, Career Technical Education (funded through the AEBG and fees) and Personal Enrichment Programs funded solely through fees. The state has allocated funding for our current programs, plus additional funding to achieve the objectives of our consortium. At HBAS, we have already taken steps to fulfill our role in the consortium.  New resources have enabled us to hire a Career and College Specialist, Job Developer, Data Specialist and Grant Manager.   In the weeks to come, keep your eyes out for in-depth features on our new staff members and their work with the Coast Adult Education Consortium. Learn more:  Adult Education Block Grant California Department of Ed: AEBG Coast Adult Education Consortium Executive Summary 3-year Plan Update   – 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. ...