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2017 Pinning Ceremony: Career Programs

26 June in News, Student Success Stories

On June 15, 2017, Huntington Beach Adult School held a pinning ceremony to mark the passage of our Career Tech students into the professional world. These students recently completed their studies, took their certification exams and are putting their learning into practice in new careers.  Many of our students are hired directly out of their program, often with help from the HBAS College and Career Center. Thanks to the HBAS faculty and staff, HBUHSD Board Members and family and friends who gathered to celebrate our graduates.  We are proud of their accomplishments and excited to see where their bright futures lead. See more photos in the CTE Pinning Ceremony Photo Album! 2017 CTE Classes: The Medical Assisting Certificate Program prepares students for work in a variety of health care settings.  Students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to perform traditional medical assisting responsibilities including administration and clinical duties and to function as contributing members of the health care team.  The 2017 Medical Assisting class included: Jackie Nguyen, Kim Flores, Tam Nguyen, Giao Nguyen, Taihua Ho, Erica Gonzalez, Candace Harmon, and Deirdre Downey. The Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program equips students with skills to prepare insurance and billing forms for patients and insurance companies. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Exam of Certified Medical Coding Specialist (CBMCS) for certification. The 2017 Medical Billing and Coding Program class included: Diana Moore, Autumn Carley-Givant, Tyler Morgan, Dori Billstrom, Dolores Becerra and Mizelene Asilo. The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students to help provide medication and other health care products to patients and consumers.  Students are eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board after completing the Pharmacy Technician courses.  The 2017 Pharmacy Technician Program class included: Andrea Pettett, Jerod Frey, Chandra Zechmeister, Steven Duarte, Cynthia Garcia and Laurie Herbert. HBAS has had an Administrative Office Assistant certificate program for the past 7 years.  Students take several classes to gain a step up in the labor market.  These classes include Microsoft Office classes at both the beginning and intermediate level as well as accounting and QuickBooks classes.  This is our first year including our student completers in the pinning ceremony.  Congratulations to our first pin recipient for Administrative Assistant, Windy Yau....

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. ...

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 ...

Congrats to 2015 Grads!

18 June in News

"We don't always get what we wish for, but we get what we work for."  -Dr. Michael Durnil, Simon Youth Foundation  On Thursday, June 11th, the Huntington Beach Adult School hosted its 2015 graduation ceremonies at the Ocean View High School gym.  School board members, faculty, staff and community partners joined proud family members and friends to celebrate the bright futures ahead for our graduates. [caption id="attachment_18691" align="alignleft" width="400"] Randi Preis receives a big check from the Simon Youth Foundation.[/caption] After Principal Steve Curiel commended all of the HBAS Diploma Program students for surpassing obstacles to reach their goals, he recognized a few students for special achievements.  Certificates of Excellence were given to Ashley Rodriguez (English), Gladys Urias (Social Science), Delainey Lytle, Alisha Myers and Lindsey Van Herk (Math).  Alisha Myers was also recognized for Outstanding Performance after finishing the equivalent of 9 classes in one semester. Several students received financial scholarships to support their continued education.  The Huntington Beach Administrators Association recognized Isela Gracia, while Schools First gave awards to Ashley Rodriguez, Yajhaira Perez and Cecilia Pineda. With a starring role at HBAS this year, the Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) also took center stage at the graduation. Principal Curiel described how the Foundation's generous support enabled the HBAS to "build a brand new Leaning Center at the Westminster Mall for our students to study and learn in."  SYF President Dr. Durnil was on hand to celebrate all of the graduates, and to present a scholarship to Randi Preis.  Randi will put this award to good use when she starts the Physical Therapy Aide Program at Cerritos College this fall. [caption id="attachment_18685" align="alignright" width="280"] A pharmacy tech graduate is officially pinned![/caption] As each diploma recipient was announced, the audience heard some of their plans for the future.  Career aspirations include criminal justice, oceanography, marketing, computer science, child development and dermatology. Some graduates will continue their education at schools like Golden West College, Orange Coast College, Coastline Community College and UC Irvine.  Following in the footsteps of several past graduates, Jazmin Claseca will transition from the diploma program straight into the HBAS Medical Assistant Program. Once our diploma recipients had moved their tassels to the left, we moved on to the Pinning Ceremony for Career Technical Education (CTE).  Instructors from the Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assistant and Medical Billing & Coding Programs reflected on their students' determination to get through the rigorous, fast-paced coursework.  Graduates gave a standing ovation to their families and friends, whose support helped them make it through many long hours and late nights over the past several months. After receiving certificates, pins and embraces from their instructors, our CTE students are officially ready to embark on their new career paths. The 2015 graduation ceremonies honored students and...