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Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training (I-BEST)

Contact Us
Jill Yates
Special Programs Coordinator
Tel 360.442.2584
Toll Free 1.866.900.2311
Vocational Building Room 102
see Campus Map
•  Overview of I-BEST
•  Student Testimonials

Fast track to a college certificate and job.

Many people who want to train for a new career also need to improve their skills in math, reading, and writing.

I-BEST provides hands-on training for high demand jobs, with extra instructors to help with reading, writing, math, speaking and listening skills.

Students learn job skills and earn college credit towards a certificate - in one of five job fields - with the same instructors and study teams.

Students also spend several hours each week in study sessions where they receive hands-on instruction dedicated to helping them succeed.

Career options


  • Two instructors in all certificate courses.
  • Additional academic support to increase success.
  • Advising support.
  • Student teams for added support and time working with others.

Financial help

Students may qualify for special funding if they are unemployed and receiving benefits, or are dislocated workers. Resources include:

Program Requirements

  • CASAS appraisal test with a minimum reading score.
  • Quarterly CASAS progress testing.
  • Background check and proof of a negative TB test for the Nursing Assistant and Early Childhood Education Programs.