Move Faster and Further to a Better Career and Future!

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) pairs Adult Basic Education and/or English as a Second Language (ESL) education with job skills training, meaning college credit classes in professional or technical degree pathways taken at the same time as learning adult basic education skills. I-BEST was designed to help transition students further and faster into their certificate or degree completions, with goals of obtaining an in-demand job at a higher wage.  

I-BEST students receive individualized case management support in areas of:

  • Career exploration, planning and preparation
  • Financial aid advising, scholarship applications, and guidance in funding sources available on campus 
  • Student goal strategies throughout each quarter

In as little as three months, you can earn a certificate of completion to get a jump-start on a new career in:

Get Skills for the Job You Want!

Most high-growth, high-wage occupations require at least some college experience.

Average annual earnings by education level*:

    • Less than high school graduate- $22,326
    • High School Diploma or GED - $31,209
    • Associate or Vocational Degree - $40,708
    • Bachelors Degree - $51,436

*2010 data from www.checkoutacollege.com

Meet Edmonds Community College students as they talk about their experiences in the I-BEST program:

Next Steps and Sign-Up for I-BEST: 

  • Call the Pre-College/Developmental Education office at 425.640.1593 and schedule an appointment with Holly Letourneau, I-BEST Case Manager; 
  • Email holly.letourneau@edcc.edu; or
  • Drop by the Pre-College Division office in Mukilteo Hall, room 403

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