I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training)

I-BEST (INTEGRATED BASIC EDUCATION & SKILLS TRAINING)


I-BEST is designed to support student learning in college training programs.

I-BEST students are taught by a CCP (College and Career Pathways) instructor and a Program instructor.

As an I-BEST student, you will receive more support than in a traditional college program. Both instructors teach together but focus on different skills. The Program instructor focuses on skills needed for the industry, while the CCP instructor teaches skills like math, reading, and writing to help students be successful in the program and in the industry.

I-BEST students also have an extra class to help develop study skills.

I-BEST students are 20% more likely to complete their certificate and degree programs than compared to students enrolled in traditional programs.

As an I-BEST student, you may be eligible for the Opportunity Grant, depending on the program.

Requirements:

  • You must complete all of the program requirements prior to enrollment. 
  • You are required to take a CASAS test at the beginning of the program and then at the end of each quarter.

Eligibility: Students must have a CASAS score in Math and Reading of 255 or below. Running Start Students are not eligible for I-BEST. 

Current Integrated Programs:

Program Requirements Outcomes
Automotive Technology ABE & ESL Level 3 Certificate (multiple options available), AAS degree option
Central Service Technician ABE Level 3 & ESL Level 4 Certificate
Computer Network Technology ABE Level 3 & ESL Level 5 Certificate, AAS or AAS-T Degree Options
Computer Science ABE Level 3 & ESL Level 5 Certificate, AAS or AAS-T Degree Options
Dental Assistant ABE Level 3 & ESL Level 5 Certificate, AAS or AAS-T Degree Options
Early Childhood Careers ABE & ESL Level 4 Certificate (multiple options available), AAS or AAS-T Degree Options
Medical Assistant ABE & ESL Level 5 Certificate, AAS or AAS-T degree Options
Nursing Assistant ABE Level 4 & ESL Level 5 NA Certificate
Welding ABE Level 3 & ESL Level 4 Certificate (multiple options available), AAS degree option

*I-BEST offerings are subject to periodic changes, please see an adviser or email ibest@rtc.edu for more information.


WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Register

  1. Select an integrated program above
  2. Review the entry requirements for the program you selected.
  3. See an Entry Adviser or email ibest@rtc.edu for more information. The quickest way to get information is through the RTC Virtual Welcome Center at the RTC Zoom Lobby.

OTHER RESOURCES


CONTACT

Samantha Nelson, smiling; various drawings of the city behind her

Samantha Nelson
Director - I-BEST and Civics
snelson@rtc.edu
ibest@rtc.edu
(425) 235-2319

Questions?
Text us at (425) 528-1300

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