I-BEST helped workers with low skills develop basic skills and receive occupational credentials.
I-BEST offered occupational training courses in a variety of areas, including the nursing, electrical, and clerical fields. Participants could also access financial supports for tuition and supportive services, as well as a dedicated advisor who provided academic supports and career planning. As of 2020, I-BEST continues to offer similar services to eligible participants. Duration of services ranged from one to two academic quarters for most I-BEST programs. The population served by this intervention consisted of individuals with low basic skills. I-BEST is offered through public community and technical colleges in Washington state. The study evaluates the I-BEST program at three colleges in Washington state: Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, and Everett Community College.