Move Further and Faster to a Better Career and Future!

What is I-BEST? How Does It Work?

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, technical,or academic transfer degree pathway taken at the same time as improving adult basic education skills such as English, grammar, math, and beyond. 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.

WA State Board I-BEST website
2015 Seattle Times Article on I-BEST
The I-BEST Program also offers students individualized case management support in areas of:
  • Career exploration, planning and preparation
  • Short-term certificates or longer-term degree opportunities 
  • Financial aid advising, scholarship applications, and guidance in funding sources 
  • Support in ongoing decision-making and academic planning 

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

Academic I-BEST for Transfer Degree Students

I-BEST Student Eligibility:

  • Initial meeting with I-BEST Case Manager for intake.
  • CASAS Placement Test (scores are evaluated on a case by case basis, typically eligible CASAS scores range 221-256).
  • Explore options for financial aid, scholarships, and funding.

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 and watch the State Board Video as they talk about their experiences in the I-BEST program:

Find Out More/Enroll for I-BEST Programs:

  • Call the Pre-College Front Office at 425.640.1593 and schedule an appointment with Nicole Rios-Gunn, I-BEST Advising Manager;
  • Email nicole.rios-gunn@edcc.edu; or
  • Drop by the Pre-College Division office in Mukilteo Hall, room 403 to set up an appointment

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