Move Further and Faster to a Better Career and Future!

What is I-BEST? How Does It Work?

I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) combines extra English and Math support with professional-technical job skill training and college-level classes. I-BEST helps students start their college-level classes sooner and prepare for in-demand careers, or University transfer. I-BEST advisors help students with academic planning, financial aid, and other resources for success.

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

Earn transfer degree credits in both an English "Bucket" class, AND a core distribution/elective class at the same time. Options vary each quarter, but may include:

  • BUS&101: Introduction to Business
  • CMST&220: Public Speaking
  • more subject areas coming soon!

Without I-BEST, these courses require English 101 Placements. However, I-BEST uses a multi-level English Bucket class, which allows students to take these classes earlier, and possibly earn credit for up to English 101 at the same time! Students interested and/or already on-track to complete a variety of two-year degrees, transferring to a Bachelor's Degree Program, or PreNursing students may benefit from Academic I-BEST courses, moving further and faster into their transfer credit coursework.

I-BEST Student Eligibility:

  • Attend an I-BEST/College Prep Intake session
  • CASAS Placement Testing (completed during intake session)
      • Eligible Reading Score of 220+
      • CASAS Math requirements vary by program.
  • ESL Level 5+ placement
  • Bridge English placement from Accuplacer Test
  • 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 us at 425.640.1593 to sign up for an I-BEST / College Prep Intake Session
  • Email ibest@edcc.edu or
  • Drop by the Pre-College Division office in Mukilteo Hall, room 403 to sign up in person
  • For more detailed questions call 425.640-1628 and speak with Nicole Rios-Gunn, I-BEST Advising manager. Or email nicole.rios-gunn@edcc.edu