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I-BEST Career Pathway Training

Photo of student looking up from work at a computer. If you're not at college level and want to begin your degree, TCC's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) can help!

Our program is specially designed to move you further, faster. You will:

  • Improve the reading, writing and comprehension skills you'll need for your future career
  • Begin job-relevant training
  • Begin working toward your professional-technical degree


Theresa Ramos 253.566.5375

Program Description

I-BEST programs are for students who want to improve their English language or basic skills but also want to earn a college-level certificate or 2-year degree.

I-BEST students have two teachers in each class: one professional-technical instructor and one English-language or basic skills instructor. In addition, I-BEST students receive additional support for each professional-technical course.


I-BEST students can earn career-specific certificates in the following programs:

  • Help Desk Certificate and Medical Scribe Certificate are both three quarter programs which allows students to build skills in Math and English while earning college credits towards a certificate. The Help Desk Certificate program starts in Fall quarter and Medical Scribe Certificate starts in Winter quarter. These programs are for students who place in high ABE or developmental coursework.
  • Help Desk Certificate is designed to prepare students to perform fundamental PC support tasks and to hold entry-level jobs as help desk technicians. Students are encouraged to get the A+ certification exam upon certificate completion. It is a pathway to the Networking and Cybersecurity Associate degree.
  • Medical Scribe Certificate prepares students to work closely with medical practitioners to document patient visits and to support work flow for documentation and medical record coding. Medical Scribe is a pathway to careers in the medical fields.
  • Not sure what career is right for you?
    Begin with our Career and College Pathways Academy (CCPA)! This one quarter program allows you to earn 8 college credits in Communications and Student Success while building your basic skills and exploring your career options. CCPA will be offered in Winter 2018.


Learn More

There are I-BEST Programs available at many Community and Technical Colleges in Washington State. Please visit the State Board's website for other I-BEST options.

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