I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) is a nationally recognized program for English language learners and Basic Skills students who want to start college classes, earn college certificates, learn workplace and job search skills, and gain confidence in English, study skills, and career readiness.

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I-BEST at LWTech

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) classes at Lake Washington Institute of Technology have TWO instructors in ONE classroom. One instructor is Professional-Technical or General Education faculty, and the other instructor is Adult Basic Education (ABE) or English Language Learning (ELL) faculty. As a result, I-BEST students receive more attention and assistance in their classes. With more academic support, I-BEST classes increase student success, so students can start certificates earlier, complete degrees faster, and gain the education they need to pursue their chosen careers!

  • Academic I-BEST supports students in General Education Courses.
  • I-BEST Certificates provide support for students pursuing professional-technical certificates in degree pathways.

General Education Courses With I-BEST Support

Academic I-BEST provides support for students in completing many of their General Education requirements. General Education Requirements must be completed by all LWTech students to earn a Certificate of Proficiency or Associate degree. In addition, many General Education Requirements are pre-requisites to start programs such as Dental Hygiene, Pre-Nursing, Applied Design, Engineering/Biology Transfer degrees, Computing and Software Development, and many more. 

Learn more about LWTech's General Education Requirements.

Certificate Pathways With I-BEST Support

Whether you want to upgrade your skills with a short certificate or complete an Associate degree at LWTech, I-BEST can assist you in meeting your goals. Students in certificate programs with I-BEST benefit from added support at the beginning of their college journey and gain the confidence they need to enter the workforce and/or continue their education.

Take the Next Step! Meet with an I-BEST Advisor

Ready to talk with an advisor about I-BEST? Fill-out an appointment request form and our advising team will reach out to schedule an appointment. I-BEST staff are both on campus and working remotely. Our team will schedule an appointment with you for either in person or virtual advising. 

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