I-BEST Program


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

Phlebotomist Certificate
Nursing Assistant-Certified 
I-BEST Accounting
I-BEST Early Childhood

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

Stapleton Provides Extra Help So Students Can Reach Their Goals

Sara Stapleton
ESL & I-BEST Instructor

Sara Stapleton says her job as an I-BEST instructor is to make herself unnecessary, giving students that little bit of extra help they need to succeed at college-level work.


I took ESL classes at Shoreline and then went into the I-BEST accounting program at North. Sara Stapleton guided five of us through the program — going with us to class, meeting with us before and after, explaining things to us and helping us understand the accounting instructors’ main points. All of us got good grades with Sara’s help. I worked hard, learned a lot and graduated after a year. Three graduates went to work, but two of us went on to get an AA degree in accounting at North. And now I am transferring to Central Washington University for a BS in IT. That will allow me to work in either IT or accounting after I graduate.

The I-BEST program is a great opportunity for students with English as a second language. It helped me a lot. I appreciate North Seattle College and hope the I-BEST programs continue.

—Dien Vo
Native of Viet Nam, in the U.S. for 4 1/2 years

I-BEST Program

Gary Gorland
(206) 934-4585

Basic & Transitional Studies Division

IB 2407c
Division Contacts
(206) 934-4720
Mailing Address
NSC Basic & Transitional Studies Division
9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
Curtis Bonney

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