Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST)

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) programs create an opportunity for students at the basic skills level, both English as Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) students, to enroll in college level programs and earn a certificate in a high demand industry. Watch a video about the IBEST program.

In an IBEST classroom, a basic skills instructor and a college subject instructor teach together, with methods to support both literacy education and workforce skills. Students attend an additional IBEST support class to support success and improve English and math skills. IBEST Offerings:

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

This program prepares students for careers as teachers or assistant teachers in early childhood education, family child care, and child care centers. Courses include Introduction to Early Childhood Education; Health, Safety, and Nutrition; and a practicum focusing on Relationships & Communication. Completion of those earn students the State Initial Certificate in ECE. Students have the option of also taking Child Development, Guiding Behavior, and Infants/Toddlers Care to earn additional Short Certificates of Specialization.

Classes are scheduled part time in the evenings and students may start any quarter. Students earn 12–20 credits over the course of two to four quarters. Courses are part of the Child and Family Studies Certificate and can apply toward the Associate of Applied Science in Social and Human Services degree and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Behavioral Science.

Contact Information

Claire Makins, Student Development Specialist – IBEST and Transitions
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway – BE3135
Seattle, WA 98122

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