Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST)

I-BEST is a nationally recognized teaching model that allows students to increase literacy and work skills so that they can earn credentials, get living wage jobs and put their talents to work for employers. I-BEST pairs two instructors in the classroom, one to teach professional and technical content and the other to teach reading, writing, math or English language.

I-BEST is for students who:

  • want a job in a high demand field (Automotive Technology, Office Clerk/Receptionist)
  • or are studying for a two-year degree and qualify for pre college English or math classes (see Academic I-BEST below)
  • are highly motivated to achieve education and career goals
  • can attend full-time classes
  • can qualify for Adult Education

For more information or to enroll in an I-BEST program, contact Angela Holley, aholley@spscc.edu, 360-596-5288, Building 34, Room 108B.

Academic I-BEST

In this program students build their English and math skills in pre-college level classes, while also studying in college level classes.  This is a full-time, 3-quarter program that leads toward an Associate of Arts degree.  In addition to having two teachers in each class, the college level course is integrated with the English and Math classes. For more information, see Associate in Arts degree.

Quarter 1  (afternoon schedule)

  • PSYCH 116  Psychology of Human Relations (5 credits)
  • ENG 90,95,98   Multi-level English  (5 credits)
  • HDEV 101    Enhancing Student Success (3 credits)

Quarter 2 (afternoon schedule)

  • HUM 121   Multicultural America, Past to Present (5 credits)
  • ENG 95,98,101   Multi-level English (5 credits)
  • MATH 90,94,97   Math Emporium (5 credits)

Quarter 3 (afternoon schedule)

  • BIO 160  General Biology w/ lab (5 credits)
  • ENG 98/101 or  ENG 102 (5 credits)
  • MATH 90, 94, 97 Math Emporium (5 credits)

I-BEST Office Clerk/Receptionist Certificate (36 credits)

The I-BEST Office Clerk/Receptionst program is not currently available. It is being redesigned and will be available starting fall 2018. 

This is a full-time, 3 quarter program that leads to earning the Office Clerk/Receptionist certificate.  In this program students have two teachers in their classes; the I-BEST support instructor is present 50% of the time.  In addition students build their reading and writing skills in the ABE 054 Support & Language Arts class. To earn the Office Clerk/Receptionist certificate, students must also test through or take and pass English 90 and Math 90.  At the end of winter quarter, eligible students may take a transition test.  If they successfully pass this test, they can waive the English 90 certificate requirement. For more information, see Office Clerk/Receptionist certificate.

Quarter 1 (Fall, morning/afternoon schedule)

  • CIS 100 Introduction to Microsoft Office (5 credits)
  • CIS 101, 102 Keyboarding 1 & 2 (2+2 credits)
  • CIS 109 Human Dimensions (3 credits)
  • ABE 054 I-BEST Support & Language Arts

Quarter 2 (Winter, morning/afternoon schedule)

  • CIS 103, 104 Keyboarding 3 & 4 (2+2 credits)
  • CIS 136 Word Processing I (5 credits)
  • CIS 105 Filing (2 credits)
  • CIS 110 Internet (2 credits)
  • ABE 054 I-BEST Support & Language Arts

Quarter 3 (Spring, morning/afternoon schedule)

  • CIS 150 Formatting I (4 credits)
  • CIS 171 Office Procedures (3 credits)
  • CIS 115 Outlook (2 credits)
  • HDEV 101 Enhancing Student Success (3 credits)

I-BEST Beginning Automotive Certificate (37 credits)

This is a full-time, 2-3 quarter program that leads to the Beginning Automotive certificate. In these classes students have the support of their Automotive instructor and the I-BEST instructor who is there 50% of the time.  The I-BEST instructor helps students build their skills in reading, writing, and math as they study in the Automotive program.  Most classes are available in the morning or evening. For more information, see Beginning Automotive Technology certificate.

  • AUTO 100 Introduction to Automotive (5 credits) *students may substitue prior learning or training for AUTO 100
  • AUTO 111 Basic Electrical/Electronic Systems (16 credits)
  • AUTO 120 Automotive Fuels and Ignition Systems (16 credits)