Promising Practices: Lake Washington Institute of Technology (I-BEST/Guided Pathways)

Since its inception, I-BEST has been among the strongest programs on campus in terms of student outcomes.  I-BEST made the move from ESL to college less intimidating and produced tangible positive student outcomes. The program began with the offering of short workforce-oriented certificates, and students completed these programs at an impressive rate. At this time, Lake […]

Promising Practices: Everett Community College (I-BEST Career Pathways)

The I-BEST program primarily serves students who are pursuing or who have recently received their GED or high school diploma, or who are immigrants and refugees learning English. The program provides students with literacy education and workforce skills at the same time. It challenges the traditional notion that students must first complete all levels of basic […]

Promising Practices: Northern Virginia Community College (American Culture & Language Institute)

The American Culture and Language Institute (ACLI) at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) coordinates all noncredit English as a Second Language (ESL) courses taught at NOVA’s five campuses and serves both immigrant and international students. In 2017, ACLI created the Part-time Career Readiness program in response to a survey asking ACLI’s immigrant students about their […]
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Promising Practices: Alamo Colleges District (Education Training Centers)

The Brackenridge (BETC) and Harlandale Education and Training Centers (HETC) have led the Alamo Colleges District for nearly 20 years in providing direct assistance to undocumented students, including Dreamers, and their families in a friendly, welcoming, and bilingual (English/Spanish) environment.  Serving as the link between the ACD and immigrant students, the Centers provide preliminary enrollment […]