Improve English and Job Skills at the Same Time with I-BEST

I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) is a special program for ABE and ESL students who are interested in job training classes. In I-BEST programs, there are two instructors – one for job training and one to help you improve your basic learning skills while you earn college credits.

The I-BEST Format

In an I-BEST classroom, a career training and a basic skills instructor teach together to help you learn better and faster. That way, you can be learning job-based skills while improving skills such as reading, writing and time management. There are up to 5 additional hours of classroom support in skills practice with a basic skills instructor offered each week. You’ll get preparation for immediate employment after finishing the I-BEST program and/or preparation to continue your education.

Current I-BEST Programs at North

I-BEST Phlebotomist Certificate

A phlebotomy technician works in a hospital, lab, physician's office or donation facility, drawing blood samples from patients or donors and preparing those specimens for medical testing. Starting pay is up to $15 an hour in Washington state.

I-BEST Phlebotomy Contact
(206) 934-6137

Phlebotomist program

Nursing Assistant-Certified Program

Nursing assistants provide hands-on care and perform routine 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 earn $9 to $16 an hour in Washington state.

NA-C Contact
(206) 934-4601

Nursing Assistant - Certified Program

I-BEST Accounting Program

The I-BEST Accounting program provides foundation training and support to start a career in accounting. Complete the Accounting Office Assistant I and II certificates 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 $18/hour by completing the Bookkeeping or the Computerized Accounting Certificates.

I-BEST Accounting Contact
(206) 934-4602

I-BEST Accounting program

I-BEST Early Childhood Education Program

A two/three quarter program starting fall, winter, spring

If you’re goal is to become a preschool teacher, or if you’re already working with young children and would like to improve your skills, the I-BEST Early Childhood Education program is your pathway to success. Start this two-quarter, part-time evening program to complete the Early Childhood Education Initial Certificate. Continue for one more quarter to earn an additional Early Childhood Education Specialization Certificate.

 I-BEST Early Childhood Education Contact
(206) 934-4585

I-BEST Early Childhood Education Program

  • Contact
  • Sara Stapleton
  • email
  • (206) 934-4585
  • Basic & Transitional Studies Division
  • Location
  • IB 2407c
  • Division Contacts
  • email
  • (206) 934-4720
  • Mailing Address
  • NSC Basic & Transitional Studies Division
  • 9600 College Way N
  • 3NC2407C
  • Seattle, WA 98103
  • Dean
  • Curtis Bonney