Pre-College & Basic Skills


Better Skills, Better Jobs, and Better Lives

At Green River College, we help create better skills, better jobs, and better lives in our diverse community every day by offering Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training.

What is I-BEST?

The I-BEST program at Green River provides educational access and support to help students:

  • Develop job skills that prepare them to work in high-demand fields
  • Begin an educational and career pathway
  • Increase English and math skills
  • Work toward a certificate or degree

I-BEST is open to eligible students in Adult Basic Education, ABE; General Education Development, GED®; and English for Speakers of Other Languages, ESOL.

The Benefits

Students have two instructors in the classroom: one to teach the career content and one to support their basic skills development. With this collaborative effort, students are able to learn faster and go further. Students prepare for immediate employment in a professional or technical field after completing an I-BEST program.

The Options

Green River College currently offers three I-BEST options and are described below:

  1. Child Development Certificate, CDA 
  2. Early Childhood Education, ECE 
  3. Nursing Assistant, CNA/NA-C 

Childhood Development Associate

More Information Coming Soon

Early Childhood Education

More Information Coming Soon

Nursing Assistant Certificate


The Nursing Assistant Certificate at Green River College is a one quarter program. Students will get hands-on learning experience and I-BEST support class and are immediately employable after obtaining the certificate.

This program is offered every quarter except for Summer quarter.


· Must be 18 years of age or older

· Pass a Washington State Patrol Background Check

· Complete the Nelson Denny Reading test at the Zgolinski Welcome Center

· Have sufficient CASAS Reading and Listening scores

· Get the required immunizations

NAC Curriculum

NRS A 110 Nurse Assistant Theory (6)

Students learn the concepts and knowledge necessary to provide nurse assistant care. The class covers basic anatomy and physiology, common disorders, and helping patients with basic needs, such as feeding, moving and bathing.  This class includes skills of time management, study techniques, stress reduction, and critical thinking.

NRS A 111 Nurse Assistant Skill (4)

Students apply knowledge and the physical skills to provide nurse assistant care in the common campus lab. Students get to practice what they've learned at a local care facility.

NRS A 127 Safety Aids/CPR (2)

Students study and test for their HIV/AIDS certificate. They learn Professional Rescuer CPR/AED and basic First Aid. 

Total of 12 credits

Contact Us

For more information contact:

The Master Achiever Center (The MAC)

Auburn: RLC-123 

Kent: KC-216

Tel: (253) 833-9111 Ext. 2017