“In the most-copied idea to come out of Washington’s community-college system, these students are learning basic math without having to take months — or years — of basic-skills classes for which they would earn no college credit…
They also were learning algebra they will use — not years from now, but right away, when they go into the noisy shop next door, setting up complex lathes and milling machines, each the size of a small SUV.
Ten years ago, a handful of Washington community colleges piloted this approach as a way to boost the dismally high number of students who then were leaving before earning a credential, or even a single college credit. Called I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training), the program has been so successful that it’s now used at all 34 of Washington’s community and technical colleges, and has been copied by colleges in 29 other states.”
Read more from The Seattle Times Education Lab series here.