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Student Spotlight: Kathleen Jones, Personal Care Aide Program

17 August in News, Student Success Stories

Kathleen Jones' journey is the epitome of upward mobility. Within 2 months, she went from being a Personal Care Aide (PCA) student at HBAS to recruiting and hiring HBAS students for a local PCA agency. HBAS interviewed Ms. Jones to find out how she got there. Looking for a New Career After 20 years in the mortgage industry, Kathleen left her job and took some time off. "I was taking care of a family relative who was at home and disabled," she said. "I decided I really liked that type of work and wanted to look into a career in caregiving." Kathleen found our Personal Care Aide class when she received an HBAS catalog in the mail. [caption id="attachment_26878" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kathleen, furthest to right, learning and having fun with her PCA classmates. [/caption] Becoming a Personal Care Aide In October 2016, Kathleen became a student in the very first PCA class at HBAS. She was thrilled with the PCA class, and especially the instructor, Alan Bell. Kathleen described Alan as a "hands-on and visual teacher. It was a very fun and interactive environment. We learned so much in such a short period of time." Hired on the Spot When nearing the end of the 2-month PCA course, HBAS Job Developer Arlene Flores visited Kathleen's class. "Arlene came to offer help with our resumes and practicing job interviews," Kathleen said. "She then arranged for a couple of home care companies to interview us. Even after class ended, Arlene continued to send us job leads." In December 2016, Kathleen finished the PCA course and was hired by Canaan Home Care. She was immediately grateful for her training, realizing that she entered the field with far more preparation than the average applicant. [caption id="attachment_26903" align="alignright" width="300"] Kathleen attends the HBAS 2017 Community Advisory Committee Meeting - as a business partner! She is to the left of her PCA teacher, Alan, who is standing in the photo.[/caption] Moving on up Within 2 months, Kathleen secured a promotion at her new job. Katie explained, "when a position of Case Coordinator became available, I asked if I could apply. I had administrative experience. I was hired for the position in February 2017." Kathleen hires and supports caregivers, manages cases and makes client visits. Her experience has truly come full circle, as she now coordinates with Arlene to interview and hire PCA students from very program she just completed! As a recruiter of personal care aides, Kathleen has a unique perspective on the value of the PCA Program at HBAS. With 80 hours of high quality training, our students are among the most qualified and prepared candidates she comes across. Katie asserted, "if HBAS students are qualified and interview well, we'll be hiring them....

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...

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. ...

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!...

Ida Rodriguez – 2017 Lifelong Learner Award Recipient

03 April in Student Success Stories

Fourteen years ago, Ida Rodriguez realized that if she didn’t learn to use a computer, she would be left behind in the world of technology. She bought a computer with all the bells and whistles, but had no idea how to use the programs. Ida set out to look for classes and came across the Huntington Beach Adult School. Ida was impressed with the quality of the classes: every student had a new computer to learn on, and every teacher was patient, thorough, and gave well-written, step-by-step handouts. The real fun began when Ida started taking Photoshop Elements classes 12 years ago. After starting with Adobe Photoshop 2, she is currently working with version 15. Ida credits Nami Aoyagi as an amazing teacher, who is creative and knowledgeable and always brings new ideas to the class. For the past 10 years, Ida has enrolled in the Tuesday-Thursday 8:30am class--no matter what the topic. Ida feels it is a continuing learning process. She often refers to her classes as "therapy."  Ida has made many friends who have been taking classes as long as she has. She looks forward to attending more classes and learning many new techniques. Today, Ida is a corporate chef for a produce company. She has written hundreds of recipes and  six cookbooks, all made possible with the programs she learned in various HBAS classes. Congratulations, Ida Rodriguez!  ...

Briana Johnson – 2017 Lifelong Learner Award Recipient

03 April in Student Success Stories

Briana Johnson enrolled in the Huntington Beach Adult School diploma program in 2013, needing 51 credits to graduate. After spending several years in the foster youth program, Briana had to withdraw from her Arizona high school and move to California. What some would call a devastating circumstance, Briana called an opportunity. Briana enrolled at the adult school and completed her credits in 2 years.       In June 2015, Briana received the Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship, paying her full tuition at Cerritos College.  As a Cerritos College student, she has already received two additional scholarships from the Cerritos College Foundation. [caption id="attachment_24363" align="alignleft" width="300"] Briana with Counselor Cynthia Bonnycastle and Diploma Teacher Teri Friend[/caption] Every semester since transitioning to the college, Briana has attended full-time, taking between 18-24 units. In addition to the demanding academic schedule, Briana is currently participating in COPE Health Scholar Program, a 280-hour certificate program designed for individuals interested in pursuing careers in health care. Briana is an inspiration to all. Her compassion for others and her determination remind us that our future is not determined by our past. The Huntington Beach Adult School is excited to have Briana speak at our 2017 graduation, encouraging our graduates to aim high and follow their dreams.  Best of luck on your career path, Briana! ...

Sherry Mancini – 2017 Lifelong Learner Award Recipient

03 April in Student Success Stories

Sherry Mancini was a successful real estate professional for several years.  She actively served in the local, state and national leadership of professional and civic organizations to promote the professional advancement and economic opportunities for all members of our diverse community. Sherry decided she wanted to pursue a career in the healthcare service field, where she could translate that same passion and desire to serve others.  She enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program at HBAS.  [caption id="attachment_24369" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pharmacy Technician Instructor introduces Sherry Mancini.[/caption] Sherry's passion for knowledge allowed her to excel in her classes, which not only included the required Pharmacy classes but also Sterile Compounding, Electronic Health Records and now QuickBooks and Accounting courses.  Her business knowledge, gained from 36 years of owning and operating her own business, administrative skills, leadership ability and social skills, have all enhanced her ability to be efficient and effective as a pharmacy technician.  Congratulations, Sherry Mancini!...

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! ...

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. ...