Policy Series Reports

Washington Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) , designed by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), has grown into a nationally recognized program since its inception in 2004 as an attempt to provide adult education and English Language Learners (ELL) with stronger employability skills.  One of I-BEST’s most notable attributes is the inspiration it has given states across the country for implementation. 

In building their own delivery systems, many states have taken the basic structure of I-BEST and incorporated the best components, especially the approach of pairing basic education with professional or technical faculty in the same classroom. This is a perfect example of state collaboration and sharing of best practices to bring forward enhanced academic and career opportunities for students. 

I-BEST was designed to directly transition into college-level programs and therefore moves students further and faster to certificate and degree completion than in a standard classroom setting, and tracks a number of metrics, such as college credits and workforce credentials earned.  The program now gives students the opportunity to complete basic skills in reading, math, writing, or English language while also receiving professional and technical content instruction. Students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience while simultaneously gaining basic academic content knowledge, with the goal of keeping students engaged and fully preparing them for future employment.

Program Contact
William S. Durden
Policy Associate, I-BEST
Basic Education for Adults
Phone: 360.704.4368
Email: wdurden@sbctc.edu

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