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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....

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....

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!  ...

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! ...

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! ...