Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training (IBEST)
Carla Gelwicks, Director for Transitional Programs
IBEST Program Advisor
Please call (360) 383.3061 for information on upcoming information sessions or to schedule an indiviudal appointment.
What is IBEST?
IBEST pairs two instructors in the classroom - one to teach professional and technical content and the other to teach basic skills in reading, math, or English language - so students can move through school and into jobs faster. As students progress through the program, they learn basic skills in real-world scenarios offered by the job-training part of the curriculum.
What IBEST programs are at WCC?
- Medical Assisting - applications available May 1, 2014 (Fall start) IBEST_MA_and_NAC_2014-15.pdf
- Office Assistant - application deadline April 3, 2014 IBEST_Office_Assistant_flyer.pdf
- NAC (Nursing Assistant Certified) - Winter 2015 IBEST_MA_and_NAC_2014-15.pdf
What are the prerequisites?
Students must have CASAS test scores in a certain range to qualify for the IBEST program. The CASAS test can be taken on the Whatcom campus. Call the Office of Transitional Learning at (360) 383.3060 for more information. Students do NOT need to have taken the college assessment to be eligible for IBEST.
What kind of support will IBEST provide?
- An IBEST instructor will be in most of your credit classes. This instructor will co-teach with your content instructor to make sure that you understand all of the information and assignments in the class.
- The IBEST instructor will teach a separate support class where you will work on the difficult concepts that came up in your class, study skills, and homework assignments.
- You will be participating in IBEST as a cohort, a group of students that take all of the classes together. You will form study groups from your cohort where you can work together on assignments and studying for class.
What kind of financial aid is available?
You are strongly encouraged to fill out a FAFSA (Federal Application For Student Aid) if you are considering this program. Completing a FAFSA can make you eliglble for several grants and scholarships, including the Opportunity Grant.
You must have completed your GED to be eligible for financial aid. However, you may be working toward your GED as you complete your IBEST program. Students must also work with the IBEST advisor to come up with an educational plan and explore financial aid opportunities.
What are the application requirements?
- Students must have CASAS test scores in a certain range to qualify for the IBEST program. The CASAS test can be taken on the Whatcom campus, call the ABE/ESL office at 360.383.3060 for more information.
- Students do NOT need to have taken the college assessment to be eligible for IBEST.
- Students must apply to the College by filling out the WCC Application or applying online.
- NAC students must complete the NAC Application in addition to the general application to WCC.
- Students must also fill out an IBEST application and meet with Carla Gelwicks, Director for Transitional Programs. You may schedule an appointment by calling (360) 383.3061.