Discussion Terms - Economic Recovery and Washington State’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) Model February 16 - March 1, 2009

Economic Recovery and Washington State’s
Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) Model
Discussion Terms

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Discussion Summary

Career and College Pathway Services are defined as integrated adult education services and postsecondary education and training content or which dually or concurrently enroll students in adult education services and postsecondary education and training that lead to industry-based certification or institutionally-granted certification, diplomas, or degrees necessary for high demand jobs.

Career Pathways - Career pathways have been described as "a series of connected education and training programs and support services that enable individuals to secure employment within a specific industry or occupational sector, and to advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in that sector. Each step on a career pathway is designed explicitly to prepare the participant for the next level of employment and education."1 Ultimately, a fully developed pathway will demonstrate success all along the way with students starting, stopping, and rejoining it at multiple access points and with each stop-out clearly marked by students who have increased knowledge, skills, and employment (Source: SBCTC Student Achievement & Success Initiatives).

Concurrent Instruction - In the case of I-BEST, this is a system in which students simultaneously receive instruction in Professional/Technical content and Basic Skills. During a quarter, an instructor from basic skills and an instructor from the professional-technical program must jointly instruct in the same classroom with at least a 50 percent overlap of the instructional time.

Fulltime equivalent (FTE) enrollments at two-year public colleges - This is the basis upon which community colleges are funded by the State of Washington. I-BEST Programs are reimbursed on a higher level to reflect the 50% overlap in instruction.

I-BEST - Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) pairs English as a second language (ESL) / adult basic education (ABE) instructors with professional-technical instructors in the classroom to provide students with literacy education and workforce skills at the same time. I-BEST challenges the traditional notion that students must first complete all levels of basic education before they can begin workforce training. Classes are in programs that build toward degrees and/or certificates and prepare students for high demand jobs.

Integrated Outcomes - Student progress is evaluated jointly by ABE/ESL and professional-technical faculty, and program effectiveness is evaluated jointly by all involved faculty and administrators.

SBCTC - Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Team Teaching - Two or more faculty working together on shared outcomes.





1 - Davis Jenkins, Career pathways: Aligning Public Resources to Support Individual and Regional Economic Advancement in the Knowledge Economy, Workforce Strategy Center (2006).