Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) pairs a professional or technical program with Adult Basic Education (ABE); including reading, writing and math skills. It provides educational access and support for students to progress further and faster along career pathways.
Yakima Valley Community College links with many local employers who have specific hiring needs. I-BEST programs are designed to meet those needs.
The programs are designed to:
Provide income-eligible clients with job training needed to build a better life.
Provide education, experience, and support needed to gain employment and get ahead on the job.
Help qualified families become self-sufficient.
Yakima Valley Community College offers three types of I-BEST programs:
Nursing Assistant Certificate
The Nursing Assistant Certificate (NAC) training is a two-quarter program that will prepare students for a career as a Nursing Assistant. After completion of the NAC training, students will be eligible to test for the Nursing Assistant Certificate with the Department of Health.
NAC FALL 2014 Program Flyer
Completing the program also offers students an opportunity to pursue other certifications and degrees through Yakima Valley Community College in the Allied Health & Nursing Career Pathways.
Contact for NAC is: Patricia Hernandez (509) 574-4733
The Business Technology (BTECH) program is designed to assist students in obtaining general office skills while reinforcing basic reading, writing, and math. Office Skills I Certification: Office Skills I Certificationis available for two consecutive quarters of studty. Students will develop skills related to keyboarding andbasic computer operations.
Office Skills II Certification: After completing the Office Skills I Certificate, students will have an opportunity to enter the Office Skills Certificate II.
Business Technology Program
Upon Completion of the Business Technology program offers students an opportunity to pursue other certifications and degrees included in the Business Technology Pathway.
for more information contact
Kayla Crawford the WorkFirst Coordinator for BTECH :
or Linea Jimenez CCC Program Assistant:
While a student can always self-pay to join YVCC's I-BEST programs, there are alternative sources of funding for some students looking for financial aid:
WorkFirst Financial Aid assists TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) parents in gaining the skills needed to become employed. WorkFirst Financial Aid assistance includes funding for tuition, fees, and bookstoward an approved vocational degree or certificate. To be eligible you must bea current TANFrecipient.
Opportunity Grants are awarded to low-income students who are enrolled in specific high-demand career pathway programs at YVCC.
The Worker Retraining Program provides training assistance to individuals who are receiving WA State Unemployment Insurance benefits or have lost their jobs due to economic changes and need to change careers in order to re-enter the workforce.
For financial aid applications and more information contact:
Financial Aid Special Funding Bilingual Program Assistant
Financial Aid Fax: 509-574-4740
Financial Aid Special Funding Coordinator
Financial Aid Fax: 509-574-4740