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Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST)

Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST) is a unique program for students who need basic skills and professional-technical career training. I-BEST students are paired with an Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, or GED instructor, as well as a professional-technical program instructor for twice the support in each classroom.

This integrated approach tailors a student's education and training to the specific needs of the career they've chosen. This increases student success in the career training program and in life. The program is open to any new students at Pierce College, and to our adult learners in the Adult Basic Education, General Education Development (GED), or English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.

Student's receive hands-on assistance with program intake, enrollment, funding qualification, registration and orientation. A High School Diploma or GED is not required to enter the program.

I-BEST provides students the support to:

  • Earn a college certificate that prepares them to work in a high-demand career.
  • Increase academic skills while earning college-level credits.
  • Increase their abilities and opportunities for employment in their chosen career field.

I-BEST Career Programs

Nursing Assistant Certified

In just two academic quarters, students are prepared for the state's certification exam and to work as a Nursing Assistant Certified. Students also earn 12 college credits. The program begins in winter and summer quarters at the Puyallup campus.

Early Childhood Education

In just three academic quarters, students can earn a State Early Childhood Education Certificate Course Map. Students can choose from a day or evening full-time program. Credits earned are toward a Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. The program begins each quarter at the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus in Lakewood.

Integrated Business Technology

In just three academic quarters, students can earn an Integrated Business Technology (IBEST) Certificate and up to 44 credits toward any of the Associate Degrees offered. The program begins in fall quarter at the Puyallup campus and in spring quarter at the Fort Steilacoom campus, but students can join in summer and winter quarters as well.