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Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) programs offer an opportunity for Adult Basic Education (ABE) or English as Second Language (ESL) students to start a certificate program and earn credits before meeting English and math requirements. Watch a video about the I-BEST program.

I-BEST classes offer more support than a traditional college classroom. There are two instructors in one classroom – one is a professional-technical faculty and one is ABE or ESL faculty. Most courses include an extra class to review content, and enhance reading, writing and math skills needed for a certificate. With this extra support, students can earn a certificate or degree and pursue a career faster.

I-BEST Offerings:

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

This program prepares you for a career as a teacher or assistant teacher in early childhood education, family child care and child care centers. You will study Introduction to Early Childhood Education; Health, Safety, and Nutrition; and finish an internship focusing on Relationships & Communication. Once completed, you will earn the State Initial Certificate in ECE. You also have the option of taking Child Development, Guiding Behavior, and Infants/Toddlers Care to earn additional Short Certificates of Specialization.

Classes are scheduled part time in the evenings or on Saturdays and start every quarter. You will earn 12–20 credits over two to four quarters of study. Courses are part of the Early Childhood Education Certificate, the Associate of Applied Science (AAS or AAS-T) in Early Childhood and Family Studies degree and the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Applied Behavioral Science at Seattle Central or the BAS in Early Childhood Education at North Seattle College.

Contact Information

Tram Dang, Student Development Specialist – ECE I-BEST
BTS Transitions Center
1701 Broadway – BE3135
Seattle, WA 98122
206.934.6947
Tram.Dang@seattlecolleges.edu

Sterile Processing

This program prepares you to work in surgical services in a healthcare facility. Courses includes infection control, cleaning and disinfecting, handling, assembly, and distribution of surgical instrumentation, supplies and equipment; patient and workplace safety, inventories, interpersonal skills and communication; and dynamics of an interdisciplinary team, professionalism and ethics; and an internship. See the program website for more information.

This two-quarter program starts in Spring Quarter only. Classes are full time and you will earn 19 credits. Courses can apply toward the Certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology.

To be eligible, you will need an ESL level 5 or above and CASAS Reading and Listening score of 227 or ABE level 4 and CASAS Reading score of 227.

Contact Information

Claire Makins, Student Development Specialist – I-BEST and Transitions
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway – BE3135
Seattle, WA 98122
206.934.5459
Claire.Makins@seattlecolleges.edu

Nursing Assistant – Certified 

Nursing assistants provide hands-on care and perform daily tasks for patients in long-term care facilities (assisted living, adult family homes and nursing/rehabilitation centers) under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. NA-Cs can earn up to $16 an hour in Washington State. Certification as a Nursing Assistant will provide knowledge and skills in medical terminology, body systems, basic nursing skills, measuring vital signs, personal care skills (including assisting with bathing and grooming), and safety and emergency procedures. See the program website for more information.

This program is offered in Summer Quarter only. Classes are full time and you will earn 14 credits. Finishing the nursing assistant program can help you apply to other degrees in Allied Health.

To be eligible, you will need an ESL level 5 or above and CASAS Reading and Listening score of 227 or ABE level 4 and CASAS Reading score of 227.

Contact Information

Claire Makins, Student Development Specialist – I-BEST and Transitions
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway – BE3135
Seattle, WA 98122
206.934.5459
Claire.Makins@seattlecolleges.edu