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IBEST Programs

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) is a nationally recognized instructional model that boosts students’ basic skills in reading, writing, math, English, workforce preparation and digital literacy while they pursue a certificate in a career/technical program.  

Through IBEST, students can enroll in credit classes and work on attaining their career/technical certificate and  their High School Equivalency at the same time. Those with their high school diplomas are encouraged to join IBEST as well; they too benefit from the additional instructional time, wrap-around support systems, focus on student success skills and team atmosphere that IBEST programs provide.

In Pima’s IBEST programs, basic skills instruction is contextualized into the career/technical content, with Adult Education and technical instructors co-planning and co-teaching. This allows students to achieve education and employment goals faster.  

Students in IBEST programs must meet the same entry requirements established for the PCC certificate program. There is no additional cost for a student to participate in an IBEST program.

Career opportunities:  IT prepares learners for the rapidly-expanding field of IT Support, including entry-level employment as Computer Technician, IT Specialist, or Support Analyst.
Certificate you will earn:  IT Support Technician certificate
Next start:  January 2024
Class modality:  Most classes are in-person
Location:  PCC East Campus, 8181 E. Irvington Road 
Days and times:  Monday through Thursday evenings
Time to complete/number of credits:  One year, 16 credits 
For questions, please email 
Interested to learn more? Sign up to attend a virtual information session here.
Career opportunities:  Class A Vehicle Driver, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck driver, Light Truck or Delivery Service Driver
Certificate you will earn:  Class A Vehicle Driver certificate
Next start:  Spring 2024 - date to be determined
Class modality:  In-person with homework online
Location:  PCC Truck Driver Training/Maintenance and Security, 6680 S. Country Club Rd
Days and times:  Monday through Thursday evenings
Time to complete/number of credits:  1 semester (4 months), 8.5 credits 
 For questions, please email 
Career opportunities:  This is your entry to the healthcare industry, and as an MA you could work in a doctor’s office, clinic, hospital or other related sites. This program will prepare you to take the exam for your national certification.
Certificate you will earn:  Medical Assistant Certificate
Next start:  Spring 2024
Class modality:  Most classes are in-person
Location:  PCC Desert Vista Campus 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz
Days and times:  Monday through Thursday evenings about 5:30-8:30pm and Saturday mornings (2nd and/or 3rd semester)
Time to complete/number of credits:   3 Semesters/28 credits                                                 *This is a full-time program.
For questions, please email 
Career opportunities:  This program will prepare you for high-demand careers running the complex automated assembly lines.
Certificate you will earn:  Automated Industrial Technology Level 1 Certificate
Next start:  Spring 2024
Class modality:  Hybrid - meaning that most of your classes will be in-person with an outside of class online component.
Location:  PCC Downtown Campus 1255 N. Stone Ave.
Days and times:  Monday through Thursday evenings about 5:30-8:30pm
Time to complete/number of credits:  3 Semesters/16 credits 
 For questions, please email 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is IBEST?
IBEST stands for Integrated Basic Education Skills Training. IBEST provides technical/career training and extra support in addition to traditional college credit certificates.

What is the cost of IBEST?
IBEST provides FREE extra support in instruction, advising and other support services. Standard tuition rates apply to the credit-bearing portion of the class. Most IBEST learners find help in funding their tuition, books and supplies.

How can I receive funding?
IBEST works with grants and community agencies, and we will help learners find funding that they’re qualified for. Our most common funding options are: Arizona@Work (One Stop), Pathways for Single Moms, Job Path, and FAFSA. Contact us for more information.

Do I qualify for IBEST even if I don’t have a GED®/High School Equivalency?
Yes. All IBEST programs will take in learners who don’t have a GED®/HSE. In addition, IBEST will work with you to get your high school equivalency and certification.

Where are the classes held?
Classes are held in-person and virtually at the Downtown, Desert Vista and East Campus locations.

Do I qualify for Pell grants if I don’t have a high school diploma?
Yes, it is possible once you successfully complete the accuplacer and/or earn 6 credit college hours (with a ‘C’ or better).


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