TCC's Integrated Basic Education Skills and Training 

What is I-BEST?

Integrated Basic Education Skills and Training (I-BEST) Programs allow you to build skills to college level and earn a college-level professional/technical certificate at the same time. With I-BEST you are able to start on a career pathway earlier.

I-BEST offers a team-teacher learning community. Your English instructor works with your career training instructor to cover material that is relevant to the career while you are improving your reading and writing skills. In addition, I-BEST students receive the support of a program-specific navigator to help them as they move forward on their educational pathway.

I-BEST programs are designed to move you further, faster. You will:

  • Improve reading, writing, and communication skills needed for your career
  • Learn the skills needed to complete a professional certificate
  • Explore career options
  • Create a plan for your educational and career pathway.

Watch a video about how I-BEST can help you reach your goals

Explore careers and certificates with I-BEST

I-BEST is a Learning Community. Join a group of students like you to enhance your educational experience. 

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Career and College Pathways Academy (CCPA)

Not sure what career is right for you? Begin with our Career and College Pathways Academy (CCPA)! This one quarter program allows you to earn 8 college credits in Communications and Student Success while building your basic skills and exploring your career options. For more information, please contact Stephen Foster.

Other I-BEST options

There are I-BEST Programs available at many Community and Technical Colleges in Washington State. Please visit the State Board's website for other I-BEST options.


We are here to guide you through the enrollment process! 

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Questions? We are here to help! 

We are located in:

Building 7 Advising Area (Green wall section)
Phone: 253-566-5144 

For general program questions email basicskills@tacomacc.edu