I-BEST Consortium

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (I-BEST) is a nationally recognized model that quickly boosts students’ literacy and work skills so that students can earn credentials, get living wage jobs, and put their talents to work for employers.

I-BEST challenges the traditional notion that students must complete all basic education before they can even start a job-training program.

How does I-BEST help students?

  • I-BEST pairs two instructors (teachers) in each class. Together, they teach in an easy to understand style with real life learning activities.
  • I-BEST provides an Academic Support Class (A.S.C.), which guides students through lessons, activities, concepts, and terminology.
  • I-BEST students study exactly what they need to know to complete the certificate program. They do not need to study anything other than the certificate requirements.
  • I-BEST connects students with numerous on and off campus resources available at each campus such as: tuition, utoring, career planning, job search, resume writing, studying, workplace skills, and job interviewing strategies.
  • I-BEST partners with a team of advisors, teachers, education specialists, financial advisors, and tutors who support and encourage students and helps them to navigate the college system. Students are not alone!
  • I-BEST students are part of a cohort (group) of students. The cohort learns, studies, and often graduates together.
  • I-BEST supports student’s employment, career, and college goals.

How Does I-BEST Work?

More Information:

Kerry Bank • I-BEST Instructor • kerry.bank@sfcc.edu.
Kristen Krell • Director, DOL TAACCCT Program • kristen.krell@sfcc.edu • 505-428-1142

About Department of Labor
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