I-BEST

Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST)

I-BEST is a nationally recognized teaching model that allows students to increase literacy and work skills so that they can earn credentials, get living wage jobs and put their talents to work for employers.

I-BEST pairs two instructors in the classroom, one to teach professional and technical content and the other to teach reading, writing, math or English language. You will learn by doing, and build your skills by directly applying what you learn.

I-BEST is for students who:

I-BEST programs

Transfer I-BEST

In this program students build their English and math skills in pre-college level classes, while also studying in college level classes.  This is a full-time, 3-quarter program that leads toward a transfer degree. Students may start in this program fall or winter quarter. In addition to having two teachers in most classes, the college level course is integrated with the English and Math classes. For more information, see Associate in Arts degree.

Team taught classes

Quarter 1 (morning schedule)

  • MATH 92 (5 credits) -- this class has an embedded tutor
  • ENGLISH 90-95-98-101 Multi-level English  (5 credits)
  • CCS 101 Pathways to Success (3 credits)- this class is taught by the I-BEST instructor

Quarter 2 (afternoon schedule)

  • PSYCH 116 Psychology of Human Relations: Diversity (5 credits)
  • ENGLISH 95-98-101   Multi-level English (5 credits)
  • MATH 107 Math in Society (5 credits)
  • MATH 96 (2 credits)

Quarter 3 (afternoon schedule)

  • NUTRITION 101 (5 credits)
  • ENGLISH 98/101 or  ENG 102 (5 credits)
  • third class is chosen based on individual education plan

Professional Technical I-BEST

In this program students build their English and math skills in pre-college level classes, while also studying in college level classes. This is a full-time, 2-quarter program that leads toward an Professional Technical degree. Students may start in this program fall or winter quarter. In addition to having two teachers in most classes, the college level course is integrated with the English and Math classes.

Team taught classes

Quarter 1 (afternoon schedule)

  • MATH 101 (5 credits)
  • ENGLISH 90-95-98-101 Multi-level English (5 credits)
  • CCS 101 Pathways to Success (3 credits)- this class is taught by the I-BEST instructor

Quarter 2 (afternoon schedule)

  • PSYCH 116 Psychology of Human Relations: Diversity (5 credits)
  • ENGLISH 95-98-101 Multi-level English (5 credits)- this class is not team taught
  • third class is chosen based on individual education plan - this class is not team taught

Beginning Automotive Certificate I-BEST

Beginning Automotive Certificate I-BEST program (37 credits) is a full-time, 2-3 quarter program that leads to the Beginning Automotive Certificate. In these classes, students have the support of their Automotive instructor and the I-BEST instructor who is there 50% of the time. The I-BEST instructor helps students build their skills in reading, writing, and math as they study in the Automotive program.  Most classes are available in the morning or evening. For more information, see Beginning Automotive Technology Certificate.

  • AUTO 100 Introduction to Automotive (5 credits)
  • AUTO 110 Introduction to Automotive Electronic Systems (3 credits) 

*Associate degree students may substitue prior learning or training for AUTO 100 or 110

Team taught classes

  • AUTO 108 Engine I (7 cr)
  • AUTO 109 Engine II (7 cr)
  • AUTO 130 Steering and Suspension (6 cr)
  • AUTO 131 Brakes (6 cr)

Office Clerk / Receptionist Certificate I-BEST

The Office Clerk / Receptionist Certificate I-BEST program (29 credits + English, math classes as needed) 

This is a full-time, 3-quarter program that leads to earning the Office Clerk / Receptionist Certificate. Students may start in this program in fall quarter. In this program, students have two teachers in their classes; the I-BEST instructor is present 50% of the time. To earn the Office Clerk / Receptionist Certificate, students must also test through or take and pass English 90 and Math 92. For more information, see Office Clerk / Receptionist Certificate.

Team taught classes

Quarter 1 (Fall, morning/afternoon schedule)

  • OFTEC 100 Introduction to Computer Concepts and Applications (5 credits)
  • OFTEC 111 Keyboarding (2 credits) - this class is not team taught
  • OFTEC 105 Filing (2 credits)
  • CCS 101 Pathways to Success (3 credits)- this class is taught by the I-BEST instructor

Quarter 2 (Winter, morning/afternoon schedule)

  • OFTEC 112 Skillbuilding  (2 credits) - this class is not team taught
  • OFTEC 136 Microsoft Word I (5 credits)
  • OFTEC 165 Office Procedures (5 credits) 
  • ENG 90-95 (5 credits)- this class is taught by the I-BEST instructor

Quarter 3 (Spring, morning/afternoon schedule)

  • OFTEC 150 Formatting (4 credits)
  • OFTEC 125 Digital Productivity Tools (4 credits)
  • MATH 92 (5 credits)

Advanced Manufacturing I-BEST

I-BEST Advanced Manufacturing leads to the Computer Numerical Control Technician Certificate of Proficiency or an Advanced Manufacturing Associate of Science degree. In these classes, students have the support of their Advanced Manufacturing instructor and the I-BEST instructor who is there 50% of the time. The I-BEST instructor helps students build their skills in reading, writing, and math as they study in the Advanced Manufacturing program. Classes are available in the morning. For more information, see Computer Numerical Control Technician or Advanced Manufacturing.

Team taught classes

Quarter 1

  • CMT 101 Introduction to Machining (5 credits) - this class is not team taught
  • CMT 102 Measurement, Materials and Safety (5 credits)
  • CMT 103 Print Reading for Machine Trades (5 credits)

Quarter 2

  • CMT 105 Inspection/Quality Control (3 credits)
  • CMT 106 Fundamental Computer Numerical Controlled Machine (5 credits)
  • CMT 107 Job Planning, Benchwork, and Layout (5 credits)

How to Enroll

For more information or to enroll in an I-BEST program, contact Angela Holley, aholley@spscc.edu, 360-596-5288, Building 28, Room 125.