Academics

Pre-College & Basic Skills

I-BEST

Better skills, better jobs, and better lives

At Green River Community 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 (I-BEST).

 

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 Community College's Early Childhood Education Program offers two I-BEST certificate options:

  1. Child Development Certificate (CDA) - Preparation takes 4 quarters. Students earn a total of 20 college-level credits and attend a support class to continue development of their basic skills. At completion of the coursework and field work, students may apply to take the national CDA exam to earn a nationally recognized credential. Instruction is designed to provide performance-based training, assessment and credentialing of childcare staff, home visitors, and family child care providers.
  2. Assistant Teacher Certificate takes 4 quarters. Students earn a total of 27 college-level credits and attend a support class to continue development of their basic skills. This certificate program is an introduction to early learning including methods of interacting with young children in the areas of art, music and movement. This certificate also prepares students to assume the role of a teacher’s aide. Students are trained in the basic child care techniques of child development, health and safety, and guidance and discipline.
  3. Nursing Assistant (CNA/NA-C) - Preparation takes 1 quarter. Students earn a total of 12 college-level credits and attend a 6-credit support class to continue development of their basic skills. At completion of the coursework as well as campus and community lab hours, students may apply to take the NNAAP Nursing Assistant written examination and skills evaluation. Instruction is designed to prepare students to be safe, caring and competent nursing assistants.

Contact Us

For more information contact:

Cynthia Gaede
I-BEST and Transitions Director
(253) 833-9111 ext. 2317