Adult Literacy Plus of Southwest Arizona’s (ALPS) Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (I-BEST) is a nationally recognized model that quickly boosts students’ literacy and work skills so that students can earn both a High School Equivalency diploma and a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate, obtain living wage jobs, and put their talents to work for employers.
I-BEST pairs two instructors in the classroom for a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Bootcamp. One instructor teaches professional/technical or academic content and the other teaches basic skills in math, reading through language arts, social studies and science. Students move through school and into jobs faster. As students progress through the program, they learn basic skills in real-world scenarios offered by the State of Arizona College and Career Readiness curriculum.
I-BEST challenges the traditional notion that students must complete all basic education before they can even start on a college or career pathway. That approach often discourages students because it takes more time, and the stand-alone basic skills classes do not qualify for college credit. I-BEST students start earning college credits immediately.