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 all students:

I-BEST classes are financial aid eligible.  For more information about I-BEST or to enroll, email i-best@spscc.edu, call 360-596-5317, or visit the Olympia campus, building 28.  

I-BEST programs

Transfer I-BEST

In this program students build 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 any quarter. Classes are offered online or in person. For more information, see Associate in Art/Direct Transfer Agreement

Quarter 1 

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

Choose one math class that fits math placement and pathway.

  • Math 92  (5 units) or
  • CMath107 Math in Society: Math 95, 107 (5 units) team taught or
  • CMath146 Introduction to Statistics: Math 95, 96, 146 (7 units) team taught or
  • AMath141 Accelerated Algegra I: Math 98, 99, 141 (8 units) team taught 

Quarter 2 

  • PSYC 116 Psychology of Human Relations: Diversity (5 units) team taught or
  • CMST&210 Interpersonal Communication: Diversity (5 units) team taught
  • ENGLISH 98-101   Multi-level English (5 units) team taught

Choose one math class that fits math placement and pathway.

  • CMath107 Math in Society: Math 95, 107 (5 units) team taught or
  • CMath146 Introduction to Statistics: Math 95, 96, 146 (7 units) team taught or
  • AMath141 Accelerated Algegra I: Math 98, 99, 141 (8 units) team taught 

Quarter 3 

  • NUTR&101 Nutrition (5 units) team taught or
  • BIOL&160 General Biology with Lab  (5 units) team taught
  • ENGLISH 98/101 (5 units) team taught or 
  • ENG 102 (5 units) this class is not team taught
  • 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 any quarter.

Quarter 1 (online, hybrid,and in-person schedules)

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

Quarter 2 (online, hybrid,and in-person schedules)

  • PSYC 116 Psychology of Human Relations: Diversity (5 units) team taught or
  • CMST&210 Interpersonal Communication: Diversity (5 units) team taught
  • ENGLISH 95-98-101 Multi-level English (5 units) 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 (42-53 units) is a full-time, 3 quarter program that leads to the Beginning Automotive Certificate with the option to continue toward the advanced certificate or degree. 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  such as reading, writing, and math while they are studying in the Automotive program.  Classes are available in the morning or evening. To earn the Beginning Automotive Certificate, students must be eligible for English 90 and Math 92. For more information, see Beginning Automotive Technology Certificate.

  • CCS 101 Pathways to Success (3 units)

Team taught classes

  • *AUTO 100 Introduction to Automotive (5 units) team taught
    *Associate degree students may substitute prior learning or training for AUTO 100
  • AUTO 108 Engine I (7 units) team taught
  • AUTO 109 Engine II (7 units) team taught
  • AUTO 112 Intermediate Automotive Electrical Systems(7 units) team taught
  • AUTO 113 Advanced Chassis Electrical (7 units) team taught
  • AUTO 130 Steering and Suspension (7 units) team taught
  • AUTO 131 Brakes (7 units) team taught
Office Coordinator Certificate I-BEST

Office Coordinator Certificate of Proficiency I-BEST program (42-44 units+ English, math classes as needed) - formerly Office Clerk/Receptionist

This is a full-time, 3-quarter program that leads to the Office Coordinator Certificate of Proficiency with the option to continue toward the degreeStudents can start in this I-BEST program in fall or spring quarter. In this program, students have two teachers in their classes; the I-BEST instructor is there 50% of the time. To earn the Office Coordinator Certificate, students must be eligible for English 90 and Math 92. For more information, see Office Coodinator Certificate.  

Certificate/Degree classes (fall or spring start)

Quarter 1 

  • OFTEC 100 Introduction to Computer Concepts and Applications (5 units) team taught
  • OFTEC 111 Keyboarding (2 units)
  • OFTEC 165 Office Procedures (5 units) team taught
  • CCS 101 Pathways to Success (3 units)- this class is taught by the I-BEST instructor

Quarter 2 

  • OFTEC 160 Business English (5 units) team taught
  • OFTEC 136 Microsoft Word I (5 units) team taught
  • OFTEC 125 Digital Productivity Tools (4 units) team taught

Quarter 3

  • OFTEC 141 Intro to Excel (5 units) team taught
  • OFTEC 255 Records and Information Mangagement (5 units) team taught
  • OFTEC 260 Business Communication (5 units) team taught
Early Childhood Education Certificate I-BEST

Start working on an Early Childhood Education certificate or degree with the support of two instructors. In these classes, students have the support of their Early Childhood 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 Early Childhood Education program. Classes are available online. For more information, see State Initial Early Childhood Ecuation certificate or State Short Early Childhood Education- General certificate.

Certificate/Degree Classes

  • CCS 101 (3 units) taught by I-BEST instructor
  • ECED&105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (5 units) team taught
  • ECED&107 Health/Safety/Nutrition (5 units) team taught
  • EDUC&115 Childhood Development (5 units)  team taught
  • EDUC&130 Guiding Behavior (3 units)  team taught
  • ECED&120 Practicum-Nurturing Relationship (2 units) not team taught

How to Enroll

For more information or to enroll in an I-BEST program, email i-best@spscc.edu, call 360-596-5317, or visit Olympia campus, Building 28.  We will guide you with enrollment steps including how to access financial aid.