Career Training Opportunities: I-BEST


Looking for a Meaningful Career?

The Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) Program at SFCC provides you with  career pathways for both Healthcare and Early Childhood Education, by teaching you job related skills while strengthening your reading, writing, and math abilities in your program of study.

You can build your career and academic skills at the same time, reducing the number of semesters you need to be in school before you graduate and are prepared for your new career.

What’s in it for you? In 1-3 semesters you can:

  • Complete a college certificate
  • Receive job placement support upon completion
  • Improve your reading, writing, math, and English skills
  • Get your High School Equivalency (if you need one)
  • Earn credits towards an Associate Degree

I-BEST will provide:

  • A study plan designed for your busy schedule
  • The opportunity to prepare for a career in a high-demand job area
  • Individual attention and advising with career and academic planning
  • Financial aid guidance and support
  • Improved computer skills
  • User-friendly adult educationclasses and tutoring
  • Connection with a group of adult classmates, in a safe and comfortable learning community

Available I-BEST Certificate Programs:

Nursing Assistant
This one semester program prepares students to enter the nursing profession as an entry-level nursing assistant. Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will meet all federal certification standards for a nursing assistant and be prepared to sit for the New Mexico Nurse Aide Registry exams. Class credits apply toward an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting.

This one semester program is designed to provide students with the necessary skills for gainful employment as a phlebotomist, working under the supervision of a clinical laboratory supervisor. The phlebotomist is responsible for the proper collection, processing and testing of blood specimens and various other medical samples in accordance with OSHA safety regulations and standards. Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be eligible for application to the national licensing examination through the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Class credits apply toward an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting.

Medical Assisting
This three semester program encompasses the competencies needed by a professional medical assistant. Specific education includes performing administrative and clinical procedures in settings such as physician offices, clinics and ambulatory settings. Courses are sequenced to build skill level. Medical assisting is a growing occupation in New Mexico and the US. This program of study is oriented to students who have an aptitude for organization and health care systems. Class credits apply toward an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting.

Computer Network Security Certificate
Successful completion of this certificate prepares students as Information Security (InfoSec) Professionals. This extensive hands-on, project-based curriculum is intended to provide working knowledge of tools and best practices used to protect an organization’s data and information. Upon completion of the program, students are encouraged to take the CompTIA Security+ exam or Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) security certification exam. This curriculum prepares students to meet standards set out by the Committee on National security Systems (CNSS), specifically CNSS-4011 National Training Standard for Information Systems (INFOSEC) Professionals and CNSS- 4016 National Information Assurance Training Standard for Risk Analysis.

Early Childhood Development
This 3 semester certificate provides students with the course work necessary to apply for a New Mexico Child Development Certificate (CDC), a state-awarded certificate for early childhood teachers. The New Mexico CDC has been created to meet the entry-level professional requirements for teachers who are already working in a classroom setting with preschool children. The New Mexico CDC exceeds the requirements of the national CDA Credential. It is particularly designed to assist Head Start and Early Head Start programs meet the interim staff qualification requirements. All Certificate course credits apply toward an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Community Health Worker
This two semester program prepares students to enter the healthcare profession as an entry-level Community Health Worker (CHW). CHWs are also known as Community Health Representatives (CHR), Patient Navigators or Patient Service Representatives (PSR). They function as patient advocates and educators in clinics, hospitals and managed care organizations (MCO). This certificate program includes the 11 established competencies required for state certification. Program completion enables students to qualify for the New Mexico state certification for CHWs.

Steps for New Student Registration:

  1. Make an appointment for an initial interview with the I-BEST Program Coordinator. The Coordinator will discuss program details and help you determine which classes will further your career goals.
  2. Fill out and return your I-BEST application or fill out the application online.
  3. Make an appointment to take a placement test. Budget a minimum of three hours for this test. You may take it in parts over several days, but you must complete the test before your scheduled orientation.
    Testing times are 1pm to 3pm Monday – Thursday, 9am to 2:30pm Friday.
  4. Make a follow-up appointment with the I-BEST Program Coordinator.  The Coordinator will review your test scores, determine if you qualify for the program and walk you through the entire process of applying for college, enrolling in classes, and finding financial aid.

For more information, please contact the Adult Education Office, 505-428-1356, or Gwen Spatzier: 505-428-1437