Train for a new professional or technical career with YVC’s I-BEST program

Yakima Valley College’s Integrated Basic Education Skills (I-BEST) programs pair a professional or technical program with Adult Basic Education courses — providing adult learners the support they need to more quickly enter in-demand careers. I-BEST students are paired with an instructor in Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, or GED preparation, as well as a professional-technical program instructor, for twice the support in each classroom.

I-BEST programs available include Agriculture, Business Technology, Early Childhood Education, Information Technology and Phlebotomy Certificate. Programs are offered at various times throughout the year. Contact the Pathways Coordinator for the schedule of programs offered during upcoming quarters.

Agriculture (AG) I-BEST: The three-quarter I-BEST AG program prepares students interested in a career in the wine industry. Focusing on viticulture and enology while reinforcing basic reading, writing and math, students who complete the  program will be one course away from earning their Wine Sales Certificate. With this certificate, students will be able to attain employment as a tasting room attendant.

Business Technology (BT) I-BEST: The four-quarter I-BEST BT program of study prepares students to pursue Administrative Office Assistant and Bilingual Administrative Office Assistant degrees as well as other degrees and certificates in the Business Pathway.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) I-BEST: The two-quarter I-BEST ECE-Short Certificate prepares students interested in the early childhood education field. Focusing on applying principles of early childhood development and responding to community and workplace needs while reinforcing basic reading, writing and math, students who complete the program will be able to seek employment as an ECE teacher, assistant teacher or become an owner of a family childcare facility.

Information Technology (IT) I-BEST: The three-quarter Information Technology I-BEST is designed to help students develop proficiency with installing and configuring operating systems. It helps students develop knowledge in basic system repair and maintenance while reinforcing basic reading, writing and math.

Phlebotomy (AH) I-BEST:  The two-quarter Phlebotomy I-BEST program prepares students for an exciting entry-level healthcare career that provides ample employment opportunities and excellent exposure to many areas of the healthcare industry. Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research or blood donations. Starting phlebotomists can expect to earn more than $30,000 a year, with a job outlook growing faster than the average employment field over the next ten years.

Why I-BEST? Adult literacy and vocational instructors work together to develop and deliver instruction. Students spend less time in school, demonstrate more skills gains and have clear pathways from entry-level jobs to higher skilled and better paying careers in high-demand fields.

For more information about YVC’s I-BEST programs contact Andrea Gutierrez Trammell, at 509.834.4527 or

Prepare for your future by learning English, earning your GEDfinishing your high school diploma,  or improving your skills through Yakima Valley College’s College and Career Readiness Division. Day and night classes available in three locations throughout the Yakima Valley provide flexibility for busy, working students. Tuition is as low as $25 per quarter. Achieve your educational and career goals. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish. Call 509.574.6850 today!

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