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PCC Adult Basic Education Students

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.

About the Medical Assistant program 

Next start: August 2022

Virtual & in-person classes (27 credit hours)

Desert Vista Campus

MA prepares learners for all components of patient care and medical office administrative tasks, and includes front/back office internships. MA takes 4 semesters to complete.

About the Building & Construction Technologies program

Next start: August 2022

Virtual & in-person classes (32 credit hours)

Downtown Campus

BCT prepares learners for the fast-growing world of construction. Learners can choose their specialty: Plumbing, HVAC, carpentry or electrical. BCT takes 1.5 years  to complete.

Next start: August 2022

Virtual & in-person classes (16 credit hours)

East Campus

IT prepares learners for the rapidly-expanding field of IT Support. Learners will study programming, networks, compliance and impact. IT takes 1 year to complete.

About the Automated Industrial Technology (AIT)

Next start: August 2022

Virtual & in-person classes (16 credit hours)

Downtown Campus

AIT prepares learners to maintain industrial machinery used in manufacturing. Learners study mechanical systems, electronics, hydraulic and pneumatics. AIT takes 1 year to complete.

About the Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Next start: August 2022

Virtual & in-person classes (22 credit hours)

East Campus

LGM prepares learners for the complex pipeline of logistics, including timely delivery, storage, quality control, pricing, etc. LGM takes 1 year to complete.

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), Women’s Foundation for the State of Arizona (WFSA), 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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