In the early 2000s, community and technical colleges in Washington State began to observe a troubling trend: many students enrolled in basic skills programs were not advancing towards acquiring the credentials necessary to advance to college-level programs or secure employment. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) set out to resolve this problem with the aid of Tina Bloomer, a workforce development professional from the Spokane community college system. Working with a team at SBCTC – which comprised representatives of the workforce development, basic adult education, and finance departments, as well as employees from community colleges statewide and local workforce leaders – Tina created a program that allows students to benefit from a combined educational stream incorporating technical and professional content into basic skills and education courses such as Math, Science, and English as a Second Language. The innovative Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training program (I-BEST) has helped to “increase the rate at which adult basic skills students advance to and succeed in college-level occupational programs.” The I-BEST instructional model helps students succeed in college-level coursework and gain Associates Degrees. These improved credentials help them to earn between $13-15 an hour in in-demand fields throughout the region. Evidence suggests that I-BEST students are likely to outperform non-I-BEST students in traditional basic skills programs, nine times more likely to earn a workforce credential, and three times more likely to earn college credit.