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I-BEST:  Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training

Renton Technical College (RTC) has long been an innovator in integrating basic education with vocational and academic coursework. For over a decade, RTC has offered students basic skills courses contextualized in vocational subjects and worked interdepartmentally to support skills-deficient students entering professional-technical programs. Our goal is always to move students through quicker and more meaningful pathways to continued education and workplace success.

As a pilot school for the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) initiative, Renton Technical College was able to prove the effectiveness of integrated learning in its I-BEST Licensed Practical Nurse program. This success encouraged RTC and colleges around the state to expand I-BEST offerings. In recent years, RTC has put forward nine different I-BEST programs and continues to offer several other I-BEST-like integrated and contextualized courses.

Renton Technical College looks forward to continually assessing student needs and program effectiveness. Successful integrated programs lead to increased educational gains and opportunities for wage and skills progression – an excellent way to fulfill our college mission.


Construction Center of Excellence I-BEST

State Board for Community & Technical Colleges I-BEST
Current Integrated Programs:

Business & Education

Program Requirements Outcomes
Accounting* ABE & ESL Levels 4,5 Certificate in Accounting

Construction Trades

Program Requirements Outcomes
Property Maintenance** ESL Level 4 Certificate in Property Maint.
Job Placement

Allied Health

Program Requirements Outcomes
Anesthesia Technician* ABE & ESL Level 4 Anesthesia Tech. Certificate
Nursing Assistant* ABE & ESL Level 4 NA Certificate
Central Service Technician* ABE & ESL Level 3 CST Certificate
Pharmacy Technician* ABE & ESL Level 4 Pharmacy Tech. Certificate
Surgical Technologist* ABE & ESL Level 4 Surgical Tech. Certificate
Phlebotomy Technician* ABE & ESL Level 3 Phlebotomy Tech. Certificate

*I-BEST Programs - **I-BEST-like programs

Previously Offered Integrated Programs:

  • Early Childhood I-BEST
  • Paraeducator I-BEST
  • Construction ESL
  • Basic Welding ESL
  • Licensed Practical Nurse I-BEST
  • ESL for Allied Health