I-BEST: Job-Training and College Preparation in Reading, Writing, Math, or English Language – at the Same Time!

You can sign up today for certificates and degrees in IT, Electronics, Early Childhood Education, Healthcare, or Accounting/ Business.

Spring 2023 I-BEST

  • Monday, April 3 - Friday, June 16
  • Online and In-Person classes available.
  • We have laptops you can borrow.

Sign up today!

Please contact our I-BEST Navigator, Nyah Ferreira, at (206) 934-6030 or email at Nyah.Ferreira@seattlecolleges.edu

Our office is now officially open in person: Tues – Thurs, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Do you have a question?

  • Drop-In: 2nd Floor, IB Building, Room 2407C
  • Call/email us: (206) 934-4720 or BTS@seattlecolleges.edu to schedule an In-Person or Virtual Appointment

For more information on I-BEST, see below.

With I-BEST, You Can:

  1. Start sooner
  2. Study smarter
  3. Get the job you want


With I-BEST, you will work with 2 teachers in the classroom.

  • One teacher will provide specific job training (for college credit).
  • The other teacher will help you get college-ready in reading, writing, math, or English language.

When 2 teachers team-teach together, you learn better and faster.

Dual Credit: In most cases, you can get high school and college credits at the same time. 

Tuition: Since I-BEST programs are job-training programs, students often get financial aid from Workforce Education to pay for tuition and textbooks.

Currently, we offer the following I-BEST programs:

Contact our I-BEST Navigator, Nyah Ferreira, at (206) 934-6030 or email at Nyah.Ferreira@seattlecolleges.edu for more information.

Current I-BEST Programs at North

I-BEST Electronics

The Electronics I-BEST program offers training and support to help you start a career path in electronics technology. In this program, you can complete two of the foundation classes for programs such as Avionics I: Wire Assembly Certificate, which prepares you for entry-level work building wire bundles for aerospace and electronics manufacturers. Wages start at $16 an hour.

The classes you take in this I-BEST program are also the prerequisite classes for certificates and degrees in Electronics TechnologyHealthcare Technology ManagementIndustrial Power and Control, IT Controlled Electronics, and Mechatronics.

With one of these certificates or degrees, you will be able to find entry-level employment as a technician with an average starting wage of $20 an hour.

If you want more information about the I-BEST program, click here. 

Electronics Program

I-BEST Information Technology (IT)

Seattle is a fast-growing, high-tech city that provides many opportunities for entry-level employment in Information Technology (IT). The IT I-BEST program offers team-teacher training and support for two industry-recognized certifications: CompTIA Network+ (basic networking) and CompTIA A+ (hardware support). Both of these certificates can lead to entry-level Help Desk jobs in IT that start at $17 an hour.

This I-BEST program also gives you the prerequisites that you need to earn higher-level certificates: Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). These courses can also lead to an associate degree in IT or an applied bachelor’s degree in Application Development.

If you want more information about the Information Technology I-BEST program, click here. 

IT Programs

I-BEST Accounting Program

The I-BEST Accounting program provides foundation training and support to start a career in accounting. Complete the Bookkeeping Assistant program in just two quarters. Then continue on a path to a job as an accounting clerk, accounts receivable clerk or accounts payable clerk at a wage of $23.40/hour by completing the Bookkeeping or the Computerized Accounting Certificates.

If you want more information about the Accounting I-BEST program, click here.

Or email NorthIBEST@seattlecolleges.edu or call (206) 934-4585.

I-BEST Accounting program

I-BEST Early Childhood Education Program

If your goal is to work in a daycare or become a preschool teacher, or if you are already working with young children and would like to improve your skills and get certified, the I-BEST Early Childhood Education program is your pathway to success.

You can complete the Early Childhood Education Initial Certificates in 2 quarters. Continue on for one more quarter to earn an additional Early Childhood Education Specialization Certificate or enroll in our associate or bachelor’s degree programs!

If you want more information about the Early Childhood Education I-BEST program, click here

Or email NorthIBEST@seattlecolleges.edu or call (206) 934-4585

I-BEST Early Childhood Education Program

I-BEST Nursing Assistant-Certified Program

Nursing assistants provide hands-on care and perform daily tasks for patients in long-term care facilities (assisted living, adult family homes and nursing/rehabilitation centers), under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. NA-Cs can earn up to $16 an hour in Washington State.

If you want more information about the Nursing Assistant I-BEST program, click here

Or email northibest@seattlecolleges.edu or call (206) 934-4585.

Nursing Assistant - Certified Program