Pre-College & Basic Skills


Better Skills, Better Jobs, and Better Lives

At Green River College, we help create better skills, better jobs, and better lives in our diverse community every day by offering Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training.

What is I-BEST?

The I-BEST program at Green River provides educational access and support to help students:

  • Develop job skills that prepare them to work in high-demand fields
  • Begin an educational and career pathway
  • Increase English and math skills
  • Work toward a certificate or degree

I-BEST is open to eligible students in Adult Basic Education, ABE; General Education Development, GED®; and English for Speakers of Other Languages, ESOL.

The Benefits

Students have two instructors in the classroom: one to teach the career content and one to support their basic skills development. With this collaborative effort, students are able to learn faster and go further. Students prepare for immediate employment in a professional or technical field after completing an I-BEST program.

The Options

Green River College currently offers two I-BEST options and are described below:

  1. Carpentry, Residential and Lighting Technology
  2. Nursing Assistant, CNA/NA-C 

Getting Started

New students can fill out their application to Green River online or at the Welcome Center.

Money for School

All students are encouraged to attend Workforce Education Orientation to see if they qualify for extra assistance. Students will need to register for Go 2 College Free workshop online or call the office at (253) 833-9111 Ext. 2211.

Change of Residency Status

Students may recieve in-state tuition if they have lived in Washington for a year. ESOL students are encouraged to change their residency status at the Enrollment Services. Students will need to bring one of the following:

  • I-94
  • Green Card
  • Passport



This program is for students who are interested in learning how to work with wood and building residential and commercial infastrucutre. This certificate is full-time and a year long program (3 quarters). You may enroll in any quarter except for Summer quarter.

Carpentry Technology--Residential and Light Commercial Curriculum

Fall Quarter

Residential Foundations and Floor Framing (13)

-Monday Through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

I-BEST Support (6)

-Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Winter Quarter

Residential Wall and Roof Framing (13)

-Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

I-BEST Support (6)

-Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Spring Quarter

Residential Exterior and Enterior Finish (13)

-Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

I-BEST Support (6)

-Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

And one of the following:

Stair Design and Construction (3)

Rafters Design and Framiong Level 1 (3)


Total Credits: 42 

I-BEST Instructor:

John Avery

Carpentry Instructor:

Glen Martin

(253) 833-9111 Ext. 4208

Nursing Assistant Certificate


The Nursing Assistant Certificate at Green River College is a one quarter program. Students will get hands-on learning experience and I-BEST support class and are immediately employable after obtaining the certificate.

This program is offered every quarter except for Summer quarter.* Students will be notified of their class schedule during orientation. Orientation for Fall quarter is September 7, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Marv Nelson Science Learning center, room 134: SC 134.

*Summer quarter is dependent on the number of students enrolled.

· Must be 18 years of age or older
· Pass a Washington State Patrol background check
· Have sufficient CASAS Reading, Listening, and/or Math scores
· Get the required immunizations

The application can be found here.

Nursing Assistant Certificate Curriculum

NRS A 110 Nurse Assistant Theory (6)

Students learn the concepts and knowledge necessary to provide nurse assistant care. The class covers basic anatomy and physiology, common disorders, and helping patients with basic needs, such as feeding, moving and bathing. This class includes skills of time management, study techniques, stress reduction and critical thinking.

NRS A 111 Nurse Assistant Skill (4)

Students apply knowledge and the physical skills to provide nurse assistant care in the common campus lab. Students get to practice what they've learned at a local care facility.

NRS A 127 Safety Aids/CPR (2)

Students study and test for their HIV/AIDS certificate. They learn Professional Rescuer CPR/AED and basic First Aid.

Total of 12 credits

I-BEST Instructor:

Rachel Woods

Program Coordinator: 

Denise Saylor

(253) 833-9111 Ext. 4761

Contact Us

For more information contact:

The Master Achiever Center (The MAC)

Auburn: RLC-123 Tel: (253) 833-9111 Ext. 2017