Washington State college leaders developed the I-BEST model.
In an effort to be more deliberate in combining adult literacy and job training, Washington State college leaders developed a model that integrates Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses with technical training aligned to state career pathways. The Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program pairs ESL and ABE instructors and professional-technical instructors to provide students with basic education and workforce skill training concurrently. The I-BEST model provides a mechanism for accelerating the learning of ESL students while simultaneously preparing them for work and higher-wage positions contributing to Washington State’s economy.