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Martinson, Karin; Cho, Sung-Woo; Gardiner, Karen; Glosser, Asaph – Administration for Children & Families, 2018
This report describes the implementation and early impacts of the Washington State Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program at three colleges: Bellingham Technical College, Everett Community College, and Whatcom Community College. I-BEST is a nationally known program that aims to increase access to and completion of…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Community Colleges, Vocational Education, Team Teaching
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Emory, Doug; Raymond, Linda; Lee, Karen; Twohy, Sean – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2016
Beginning in 2011, Lake Washington Institute of Technology initiated an I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) program designed to allow upper-level basic education students to directly enter academic courses required by college transfer degrees. This program, the Academic I-BEST, represents one of the earliest examples of the…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Integrated Activities, Technical Institutes, Two Year College Students
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2018
The Opportunity Grant (OG) program is the Washington community and technical college system's dedicated financial aid program designed to help low-income students enroll in and complete programs leading to high-wage, high-demand careers. Washington's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program is a nationally recognized model…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Student Financial Aid, Low Income Students, Literacy Education
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2014
Washington's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (I-BEST) quickly teaches students literacy, work, and college-readiness skills so they can move through school and into living wage jobs faster. Pioneered by Washington's community and technical colleges, I-BEST uses a team-teaching approach to combine college-readiness classes…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Two Year Colleges, Technical Institutes, Community Colleges
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2020
Guided Pathways is a comprehensive reform model focused on student success by designing clear pathways for students, helping them to make informed decisions, and stay on their chosen path while striving to increase attainment in credentials with labor market value. The population of students that will provide colleges the best evidence of the…
Descriptors: Educational Change, College Readiness, Adult Basic Education, Adult Students
Wachen, John; Jenkins, Davis; Belfield, Clive; Van Noy, Michelle – Community College Research Center, Columbia University, 2012
Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) integrates the teaching of basic skills and technical content in order to accelerate basic skills students' transition into and through a college-level occupational field of study. The study reported on here represents the final phase of a multi-year evaluation of the I-BEST model that began…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Technical Institutes, Community Colleges, Student Experience
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2020
Rising employer demand for skilled workers has driven efforts to better align occupational training programs to industry needs. Yet, even as the demand for skilled workers increases, less than half of students who enter occupational training programs receive a credential within six years. Community colleges are working to find faster and more…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Integrated Curriculum
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2020
Rising employer demand for skilled workers has driven efforts to better align occupational training programs to industry needs. Yet, even as the demand for skilled workers increases, less than half of students who enter occupational training programs receive a credential within six years. Community colleges are working to find faster and more…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Integrated Curriculum
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Durden, William S. – COABE Journal: The Resource for Adult Education, 2018
The guided pathways approach to community and technical college redesign has significant impacts for adult basic education (ABE). The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Ability to Benefit provide federal support that complements the work being done in Guided Pathways. Washington state's approach to implementing guided pathways…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Labor Force Development, Labor Legislation, Career Development
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2020
Rising employer demand for skilled workers has driven efforts to better align occupational training programs to industry needs. Yet, even as the demand for skilled workers increases, less than half of students who enter occupational training programs receive a credential within six years. Community colleges are working to find faster and more…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Integrated Curriculum
Eyster, Lauren; Barnow, Burt; Anderson, Theresa; Conway, Maureen; Lerman, Robert I.; Jain, Ranita; Kuehn, Daniel; Montes, Marcela – Urban Institute, 2018
This brief summarizes findings from implementation, impact, and cost-benefit evaluations of Accelerating Opportunity (AO). AO is a career pathways initiative launched in 2011 that aims to help adults with low basic skills earn valued occupational credentials, obtain well-paying jobs, and sustain rewarding careers. AO was one of the first efforts…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Career Pathways, Basic Skills, Credentials
Wachen, John; Jenkins, Davis; Van Noy, Michelle – Community College Research Center, Columbia University, 2010
Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) is an innovative program and strategy developed by the Washington (WA) State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) in conjunction with the state's 29 community colleges and five technical colleges. Its goal is to increase the rate at which adult basic education and…
Descriptors: Technical Institutes, Community Colleges, Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education
Cox, Teresa J. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Recent studies have shown that students who are former Adult Basic Education (ABE) or English as a Second Language (ESL) students rarely make the transition to college-level work, even when they have a college-level goal. New programs have been designed to help these students move further, faster in their studies to help them complete credentials,…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Adult Basic Education, At Risk Students, Intervention
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Wachen, John; Jenkins, Davis; Van Noy, Michelle – Community College Review, 2011
The federal government and private foundations for education have established postsecondary credential completion as a national imperative. Washington State's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) model was developed to increase the rate at which basic skills students advance to and succeed in college-level occupational programs,…
Descriptors: Evidence, Technical Education, Basic Skills, Career Education
Zeidenberg, Matthew; Cho, Sung-Woo; Jenkins, Davis – Community College Research Center, Columbia University, 2010
To increase the rate at which adult basic skills students advance to and succeed in college-level occupational programs, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) developed the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training, or I-BEST. In the I-BEST model, a basic skills instructor and an occupational instructor team…
Descriptors: Technical Institutes, Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Labor Market
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