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Basic Education for Adults

Change how you see the world

Basic Education for Adults

Change how you see the world

Basic Education for Adults

Change how you see the world
Basic Education for Adults

IBEST – Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training

Washington’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (I-BEST) quickly teaches students literacy, work, and college-readiness skills so they can move through school and into living wage jobs faster.

Pioneered by Washington’s community and technical colleges, I-BEST uses a team-teaching approach. Students work with two teachers in the classroom: one provides job-training and the other teaches basic skills in reading, math or English language. Students get the help they need while studying in the career field of their choice; they learn by doing.

The I-BEST model is also used in academic transfer classes so students can brush up their skills as they learn college-level content toward a degree.

I-BEST challenges the traditional notion that students must move through a set sequence of basic education or pre-college (remedial) courses before they can start working on certificates or degrees. The combined teaching method allows students to work on college-level studies right away, clearing multiple levels with one leap.

Who is eligible?

  • Adults who are at least 16 years old.
  • Students under 19 must be formally released from high school before enrolling.

I-BEST equips students with the needed skills to move ahead in college and land high-demand, living wage jobs that help grow our economy.

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges requires I-BEST programs to lead to jobs with a minimum starting wage of $13 per hour ($15 per hour in King County). Overall, I-BEST students who complete certificates and degrees earn more than these benchmarks. Students enroll in a wide range of high-demand I-BEST pathways, including healthcare, aeronautics, advanced manufacturing, and IT.

Course Options

We have Academic IBEST courses:

  • English
  • Math
  • Chemistry

Professional Technical IBEST courses:

  • Welding
  • Allied Health
  • Human Services
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education

Contact Information

Stephanie Hunter
Full Time Temp Faculty and IBEST coordinator
[email protected]

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