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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....

You’re Hired! – Student Support Services Update

16 December in News, Student Success Stories

[caption id="attachment_23229" align="alignright" width="150"] Anongnat Suebsak - Pharmacy Technician[/caption] At HBAS, we seek first and foremost to help students transition from our programs into jobs and/or post-secondary education. Teachers are working diligently to understand what is expected from employers and post-secondary institutions so that they can make sure students are well-prepared for their next step in their journey. [caption id="attachment_23227" align="alignleft" width="150"] Jason Roth - HS Diploma[/caption] As a core part of our work in the Coast Adult Education Consortium, we have invested in additional student support staff, and opened the College and Career Center at our Gothard campus. We are also developing new approaches to enrolling and supporting students throughout their time at HBAS. These new approaches will focus on the development of job readiness skills, often referred to as “soft skills,” while acquiring their academic and vocational skills. [caption id="attachment_23226" align="alignright" width="150"] Zoe Garcia - Pharmacy Technician[/caption] With all these efforts underway, it is always exciting to hear when our efforts bear fruit. Recently, we were happy to hear that four of our students were hired right after completing their training with us: Anongnat Suebsak, a former ESL student who also completed our Pharmacy Technician program, was hired at Walgreens in Huntington Beach. Diana Moore is working in the field as a Medical Biller with Pacific Medical Lab in Irvine. Jason Roth, who is currently working on his high school diploma and close to finishing, was hired at California Closets. Zoe Garcia, a Pharmacy Technician student, was hired by Telenet RX in Yorba Linda.   [caption id="attachment_23230" align="alignleft" width="150"] Diana Moore - Medical Billing[/caption] These student successes represent a number of similar success stories that are happening more and more often at HBAS. This brings great joy to me and my staff. As we bid farewell to 2016, we look forward to another year of helping our students reach their goals at HBAS…and beyond! Steve Curiel HBAS Principal...

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. ...

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...