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.