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I-BEST Basic Education and Skills Training

I-BEST - Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training

What is I-BEST?

I-BEST classes integrate college Credits courses with English language and adult basic skills. Classes include five hours a week of non-Credits Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction.

Want to learn more about training opportunities and funding your education?

Attend one of our monthly information sessions at Worksource Skagit. SVC representatives will be on hand to answer your training and funding questions.

Where: WorkSource Skagit, Room 101
Dates: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month
Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Overview of SVC I-BEST programs

Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) (QUARTERLY)

This certificate is focused toward employment in nursing homes.

Course Information:

Length: 1 quarter, 6 credits. Pre-req for the Nursing Program

  • Course is offered quarterly.
  • Provide proof of TB test that has been completed within the past 12 months.
  • Must pass criminal background check in order to complete clinical and license requirements.
  • Minimum entry requirements: 221 CASAS reading level. ABE level 4/ESL level 6
Program Course Number Title Credits
NURS 100 Nursing Assistant/AIDS Education 6
Total 6

Early Childhood Education (ECE) (FALL ENTRY)

The CDA is a competency-based certificate awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Development in Washington DC. Prepares students for the Child Development Associate Certificate.

Course Information:

Length: 3 quarters, 12 credits

  • Fall entry only.
  • Must pass criminal background check in order to complete clinical and license requirements.
  • Minimum entry requirements: 221 CASAS reading level. ABE level 4/ESL level 6
Program Course Number Title Credits
ECE 203 Essentials of CDA: Health & Safety 3
ECE 204 Essentials of CDA: Child Development 3
ECE 205 Essentials of CDA: Working with Families, Program Management & Ethics 3
ECE 206 Essentials of CDA: Resource File** 3
Total 12

**Indicates the course is optional

Patient Registration Certificate (FALL ENTRY)

The Patient Registration certificate is the starting point along a career pathway in healthcare. Students who complete this two quarter certificate program will be able to apply for patient registration positions at hospitals and clinics.

Course Information:

Length: 2 quarters, 23 credits

  • Fall entry only.
  • Must pass criminal background check in order to complete clinical and license requirements.
  • Minimum entry requirements: 221 CASAS reading level. ABE level 4/ESL level 6
Program Course Number Title Credits
AHE 100 Orientation to Allied Health Careers 2
AHE 101 Healthcare Interactions 3
AHE 160 Medical Dialogue I 3
AHE 161 Medical Dialogue II 3
AHE 111 Medical Forms 3
OFTEC 103 Keyboarding Beginning 5
OFTEC 122 Microsoft Word I 3
SOSC 113 Job Search 1
Total 23

Phlebotomy (2010/11 only) (Not Currently Offered)

The Phlebotomy Certificate prepares graduates to collect body fluids and other specimens.

Course Information:

Length: 3 quarters, 39 credits

  • Fall entry only.
  • Must pass criminal background check in order to complete clinical and license requirements.
  • Hepatitis B vaccination series prior to registering for class.
  • Minimum entry requirements: 221 CASAS reading level. ABE level 4/ESL level 6
Program Course Number Title Credits
AHE 100 Orientation to Allied Health Careers 2
AHE 101 Healthcare Interactions 3
AHE 160 Medical Dialogue I 3
AHE 161 Medical Dialogue II 3
AHE 103 Medical Law & ethics 3
AHE 113 Introduction to Phlebotomy 2
AHE 114 Microbiology/Medical Lab Procedures 5
AHE 120 Phlebotomy Techniques 5
AHE 121 Phlebotomy Practicum & Seminar 6
AHE 200 First Aid & Emergency Procedures 3
OFTEC 122 Microsoft Word I 3
SOSC 113 Job Search 1
Total 39

Light Maintenance (AT) (Summer Quarter)

This certificate is a one quarter program in basic automotive maintenance theory and skills.

Course Information:

Length: 1 quarter, 8 credits

  • Offered summer quarter only.
  • Course substitution for AT 100.
  • Minimum entry requirements: 221 CASAS reading level. ABE level 4/ESL level 6
Program Course Number Title Credits
AT 107 Light Maintenance 8
Total 8

Manufacturing (MANF) (Summer and Winter Quarter)

Prepares graduates for entry level work in manufacturing. Also prepares students for transition into the welding program.

Course Information:

Length: 1 quarter, 14 credits

  • Offered summer & winter quarters only.
  • Minimum entry requirements: 221 CASAS reading level. ABE level 4/ESL level 6
Program Course Number Title Credits
MANF 110 Introduction to Manufacturing 3
MANF 120 Industrial SAfety & CPR 3
MANF 122 Material Science in Manufacturing 2
MANF 125 Precision Measurement & Tools 3
MANF 140 Print Reading in Manufacturing 3
Total 14

In addition, the Manufacturing Foundations program includes other pathway options:

  • Welding Fundamentals - 40 credits
Program Course Number Title Credits
WT 112 Introduction to Wirefeed Welding 5
WT 114 Thermal Cutting Processes 3
WT 212 Intermediate Wirefeed Welding 9
WT 222 Wirefeed Welding Applications & Certification 9
MANF 110 Introduction to Manufacturing 3
MANF 120 Industrial Safety & CPR 3
MANF 122 Material Science in Manufacturing 2
MANF 125 Precision Measurement & Tools 3
MANF 140 Print Reading in Manufacturing 3
Total 40

Welding Fundamentals Micro-Certificate

Students will learn the basic theory of operation and safety requirements for each of the covered processes and be introduced to hands-on welding techniques in the shop setting.

Course Information:

Length: 2 quarters, 18 credits

  • Offered Fall & Spring quarters only.
  • Need to complete MANF 120 prior to entry and first year students must co-enroll in CSS 100.
  • Minimum entry requirements: 221 CASAS reading level. ABE level 4/ESL level 6
Program Course Number Title Credits
WT 111 Introduction to Shield Metal Arc Welding 5
WT 112 Introduction to Wirefeed Welding 5
WT 113 Introduction to Inert Gas & Aluminum Welding 5
MANF 120 Industrial Safety & CPR 3
Total 6