I-BEST Program


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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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