IBEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training)

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IBEST programs create an opportunity for students at the basic skills level, both English as Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) students, to enroll in college level programs and earn a certificate in a high demand industry.

In an IBEST classroom, a basic skills instructor and a college subject instructor teach together, with methods to support both literacy education and workforce skills. Students attend an additional IBEST support class to support success and improve English and math skills. IBEST Offerings:

Office Assistant Certificate

This two– to three–quarter program prepares students with the technical and communication–based skills to pursue careers in the professional office environment. Classes include Information Technology, Integrated Communications, Diversity Issues in Business, Customer Relations, and a Capstone Project course designed to prepare students to successfully pursue employment.

Courses transfer directly to the Business Information Technology Certificate and the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

Childhood Development Associate / Early Childhood Education Certificate

This program prepares students for careers as teachers or assistant teachers in early childhood education, family child care, and child care centers. Courses include Planning Age-Appropriate Activities and Environments for Young Children, Supporting Young Children's Physical and Intellectual Development, Building Partnerships with Diverse Families, and Guiding and Supporting Young Children's Social and Emotional Development.

Courses transfer directly to the Associate of Applied Science in Social and Human Services degree and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Behavioral Science.

Contact Information
Claire Makins, Student Development Specialist – IBEST and Transitions
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway – BE3135
Seattle, WA 98122

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