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2017 Diploma and GED Graduation

27 July in News

Our Diploma and GED graduation ceremony took place at the Westminster Mall on June 15th. We celebrated 91 students who completed high school diploma and 15 students who passed and received their high school equivalency.   At the ceremony, students and guests heard from guest speaker Briana Johnson, a former HBAS student who was awarded the Simon Youth Scholarship in spring of 2016. She was followed by student speaker Reanna Holland, who received a 2017 Recognition of Achievement Award and 2017 Schools First Scholarship.   HBAS Math Teacher Ann Cosgrove presented several students with Recognition of Achievement Awards, which are chosen by HBAS teachers. She explained how "these students stood out to their instructors, be it for harder work than anyone else or having to do more work than anyone else, and some students stand out for their attitudes."    Then our College & Career Specialist, Valerie Beachly, presented scholarship awards to students chosen for their "perseverance, attendance, and academic promise." These scholarships will help students in their further pursuit of higher education.   Principal Steve Curiel introduced Dr. Michael Durnil, Executive Director of the Simon Youth Foundation. Dr. Durnil awarded Lisa Marie Tickenoff a $8,000 college scholarship.   After students were called up by name to receive their diplomas and certificates, District Board Member Kathy Iverson accepted the class of 2017, making them official graduates of the Huntington Beach Union High School District.    Thanks to all of the family and friends who joined us to celebrate our 2017 graduates. Congratulations, Class of 2017!   See our Graduation Photo Album and download photos of your graduates here.   [caption id="attachment_26187" align="alignright" width="267"] HB Administrators Association Scholarship winners Cynthia Aquino Garcia and Arlette BautistaSchools First Federal Credit Union Scholarship winners Evelyn Iniguez and Reanna Holland[/caption] Recognition of Achievement Award Recipients:   Kolby Barton • Maria Sandoval • Evelyn Iniguez • Alissa Arreola • Mark Elvidge • Su Moran • Ruben Del Villar • Reanna Holland • Amber Castaneda  Scholarship Recipients:  Huntington Beach Administrators Association (HBAA): • Cynthia Aquino Garcia • Arlette Bautista  Schools First Federal Credit Union (SFFCU): • Evelyn Iniguez • Michael Sweeny • Reanna Holland  Simon Youth Foundation: • Lisa Marie Tickenoff...

Reaching the community through strong partnerships

07 September in News

Some might not realize just how big Huntington Beach Adult School is. In the 2013-14, HBAS served more than 9,500 students. When you consider the size of our Gothard campus and its 10 classroom it is a head scratcher as to how we can serve so many students. The truth of the matter is that most students are actually served at sites other than the Gothard campus. Through strong partnerships with local elementary school districts, community centers, and private organizations we are able to provide classes in over 20 different locations in the cities of Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, and Midway City. We are in almost as many locations as Starbuck is! One particular new partnership we are excited about is our new partnership with the Simon Youth Foundation. Through this partnership we are able to open a new Diploma & GED Learning Center within the Westminster Mall. Scheduled to open in September, the new site will fill 7,500 sq. ft. with modern learning furniture, over 100 wireless devices such as laptops and Chromebooks, and an atmosphere of positive learning energy. At this site students will be able to take classes toward their High School Diploma or GED, learn English, and take their official GED exam (in a new computer testing center). HBAS knows it could not reach as many people and be as effective if it were not for the strong partnerships it has with agencies such as the Simon Youth Foundation. As we continue to grow, we look forward to further strengthening these partnerships and creating new ones. Don’t be surprised if you see an HBAS class offered around the corner from your home. Steve Curiel Principal...