Basic and Transitional Studies

  • ESL (English as a Second Language) 
  • ABE, GED®, Adult High School Completion (HS+)
  • I-BEST: Job-Training combined with ESL or HS+
  • College-Prep Math and English

Tuition: $25/quarter (scholarships available) 

Summer 2022 quarter for ESL, ABE, GED, HS+ and I-BEST classes: 

  • Monday, June 27 – Thursday, August 18
  • Some classes will be on campus.  Some classes will remain online.
  • We have laptops you can borrow.

Choose a schedule that works for you. You can sign up today!

ESL: To take an online ESL class, first you must fill out the application below:

ESL Application

  • If you took classes here before, please locate your student ID number if you can.
  • We will contact you very soon and help you register for classes.
  • If you are taking a class with us right now, talk with your teacher.
  • Students with B visas (Tourist), F visas (International Student), or J visas (Au Pair) are not eligible for the ESL program.  Please contact Continuing Education or International Programs

Do you have a question?

The Basic & Transitional Studies office is now open in person:
– Thurs, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

ESL (English Language) & BTS General questions:

Zoom Drop-In Hours:

  • Mondays 11am – 12 pm
  • Wednesdays 11am – 12 pm
  • Fridays: 11am – 12 pm

Connect here (ZOOM)

Need to connect outside of these times?
Email: or call 206-945-4720

ABE/GED/High School+ questions:

Zoom Drop-In Hours (Daytime):

  • Mondays 11am – 12 pm 6/27 thru 9/19 (except 7/14, 7/11, 7/25, 8/22, 8/29, 9/5)
  • Wednesdays 11am – 12 pm 6/29 thru 9/21 (except 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24, 8/31)

Connect here (ZOOM)

Need to connect outside of these times? 
Email or call 206-934-4537


I-BEST (Job training) questions:

Zoom Drop-In Hours:

  • Tuesdays: 11:00 am -12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Thursdays, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Connect here (ZOOM)

Need to connect outside of these times? 
Email or call 206-934-6030

Transitional Studies and Pre-College Programs:


We have 6 levels of ESL from very beginner to college-ready and offer all levels in the day and in the evenings, face-to-face and online.

  • Improve your English language skills for your daily life and job.
  • Explore and transition to a college degree.
  • Train for a better career.


  • Finish your High School Diploma with High School+
  • Get College-Ready in English and Math for just $25/quarter
  • Earn your GED® (& get free practice tests & test vouchers too!)


Pre-College Math

Brush up on and/or strengthen your math foundation before moving into your field of study.  Enroll in NSC’s Pre-College Math.

Program Pathway Map 

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help prepare for your career or university transfer.  Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.

See our academic to-do lists:
Arts, Design, & Graphics courses and academic to-do list
Business & Accounting courses and academic to-do list
Health & Medical courses and academic to-do list
Skilled Trades & Technical Training courses and academic to-do list
Social Sciences, Humanities & Language courses and academic to-do list
STEM courses and academic to-do list