Pharm Tech Tag

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....

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!...

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!...

Student Spotlight – Tina Olguin // Pharmacy Technician / Lifelong Learner

14 April in Student Success Stories

Aristotle once said, "the road to education is bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” Tina Olguin’s educational journey had bitter roots to start. It all began in 2007, fourteen years after what should have been her high school graduation.  Tina wanted that education and faced the challenge head-on by returning to earn her G.E.D. Diploma through the Huntington Beach Adult School. In the following years, Tina took notice of our Allied Health Programs.  In 2015, she went full steam ahead by enrolling in the Pharmacy Technician Program at HBAS. The math entrance exam was a steep hurdle, but Tina enrolled in the Allied Health Math Refresher Course and passed it with the guidance of Mrs. Suzanne Hammoud. [caption id="attachment_21289" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tina celebrates with Instructors Suzanne Hammoud and Pamela Canlas. [/caption] Tina's attitude towards learning had a positive impact in her Pharmacy Technician classes.  She completed the program with perfect attendance and earned a place on our honor roll. Determined to take full advantage of our externship program, she completed Beginning Word, Keyboarding, and Career Readiness to obtain the necessary workforce skills. Tina was hired three days into her externship at Walgreens, and earned a pay increase when she passed the Pharmacy Technician Certification National Board Exam. She now holds the sweet titles of Registered Pharmacy Technician and Certified Pharmacy Technician. Today, Tina says with enthusiasm that she “really loves her job.”  With her positive attitude, perseverance, and love of learning, Tina Olguin shows all that is possible as a Lifelong Learner.        ...

“Intention to Hire”: Pharmacy Tech Externships

24 July in News, Student Success Stories

At HBAS, Career Technical Education is all about job readiness. We find where the labor demand is, and tailor programs to help students fill that demand. One of our most recent success stories is found in the Pharmacy Tech Externship Program. [caption id="attachment_19324" align="alignleft" width="280"] Director Pamela Canlas with 2015 graduates[/caption] Since its launch in 2010, the HBAS Pharmacy Technician Program has offered vigorous coursework in all things “Pharm Tech,” with recently added components like Microsoft Word and Business Soft Skills. While national certification is not required for licensure in California, HBAS also prepares students to take the National Exam. To date, our program has a stellar pass rate of 96%! In September 2014, Program Director Pamela Canlas took Pharmacy Tech a step further by offering an externship to students who pass the national boards. As opposed to an internship completed during a program of study, an externship takes place after the program is completed. [caption id="attachment_19318" align="alignright" width="275"] Pharmacy Tech student Mariana Arteaga[/caption] I reached out to Ms. Canlas to find out more about the externship program. We met in her classroom to chat with Mariana Arteaga, a program graduate who had just finished a month-long externship with Walgreens. Mariana’s supervising pharmacist Dr. Eric Phan and store manager James Meyers also joined us to share their perspective. Mariana found HBAS after frustrating attempts to sign up for classes at community colleges. She enrolled in an accounting class at HBAS, and then heard about the Pharmacy Technician Program. She explained, “I read all the info on the website, and decided to give it a try to see if I liked it. And I did.” After completing the program and passing the National Board Exam, Mariana was eager to gain real world experience through the externship program. And at the Huntington Beach Walgreens (at Beach and Yorktown), Dr. Phan was eager to put Mariana to work! During her 120-hour externship, Dr. Phan was impressed with Mariana’s ability to learn quickly and retain information. “She showed that she had customer service skills and efficiency,” traits Dr. Phan considers essential for a pharmacy technician. In reflecting on her experience at Walgreens, Mariana credits the externship for “really making the program complete.” As for Walgreens, the externship program goes beyond simply educating future technicians. Dr. Phan explained, “We do externships with the intention to hire.” When Dr. Phan decides he wants to hire an extern, Store Manager James Meyer comes in to make that happen. Dr. Phan and Mr. Meyer offered Mariana a job, and look forward to bringing her on board as soon as her state license is processed. That’s what we like to see: our graduates in high demand! The need for new pharmacy technicians is growing steadily. Come to a...

Student Success Story - Shawny Espinoza

Student Success Story: Shawny Espinoza

21 October in Student Success Stories

I had actually attended Huntington Beach Adult School to finish up getting my diploma when I heard about the Pharmacy Technician Program. I chose Pharm Tech because it is a great career path and it opens so many doors into the medical field. Before HBAS I hated school, I've always loved to learn but I couldn't stand to not have a hands on interactive learning experience. At HBAS, with Mrs. Canlas as our teacher she always kept things interesting and fun. I really liked that Mrs. Canlas kept things hands on and she really made us as students feel comfortable, we knew we could come to her with any problem and she would help us without hesitation. Right now I am just enjoying some time off before I start the externship at Walgreens this November. I would recommend this program to anyone who is willing to work hard to obtain a career. HBAS was a whole new learning experience and the school has set such a high bar in the standards of education. -Shawny Espinoza...