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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....

Opportunity Knocks: Medical Coding and Billing

08 May in News, Uncategorized

[caption id="attachment_18026" align="alignright" width="250"] Medical Coding & Billing student Leslie Bendees[/caption] After getting an overview of the HB Adult School at the Community Advisory Committee meeting, it was time to dive deeper into one of the career training programs. To learn about Medical Coding and Billing from a firsthand source, I recently had the pleasure of meeting with student Leslie Bendees. When preparing to return to the workforce last year, Ms. Bendees was searching for promising opportunities that didn't require a full associate's or bachelor's degree. She came upon medical billing and coding, a field that "is projected to grow 22% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations"(U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics). By September 2014, Leslie had enrolled in the program at the HB Adult School. Leslie found the HBAS program to be more affordable than other local options. And with the program’s accelerated nature, she could potentially be finished and on the job market is less than a year.  She was impressed by “how accommodating the staff was for students’ schedules.” The constant support from teachers and counselors helped make the hard work less overwhelming. Leslie was surprised to find how much she enjoys medical coding and billing. She thrives in the analytical nature of the field, where you don’t need to be good at math, but must be able to "investigate and get to the bottom of a diagnosis and claim of benefits." Now that she has passed the national board exam, her next step will be an externship placement with a local business partner. Ms. Bendees is excited about her career prospects, which range from private practices and hospitals to insurance companies and consulting from home. When reflecting on the journey to her newfound profession, Leslie simply said, "There's always a reason why something works out and something else doesn't." The demand for certified medical coders and billers is going nowhere but up.  Get started this month by enrolling in “Anatomy and Physiology for Coding.” This class runs from 5/11/15 to 5/30/15, and meets Mon, Tues & Thurs from 6pm – 10pm. The next program orientation will be on Friday, June 5 from 9am – 12pm. * Learn more about the program here! * - Briana Madden is a new substitute teacher and “field reporter” for the HB Adult School.  She will be meeting with instructors and students to learn about the programs offered and share stories and new opportunities with the community. ...