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Recruitment really involves two steps: finding the students and ensuring that an I-BEST program is the right choice for them.

Finding the students:

This step will most likely be handled by student services, but may involve faculty as well.  So here are some suggestions for finding potential I-BEST students.

  • Go over process with advising, registration, financial aid
  • Contact community-based organizations and other referral agencies
  • Send letters/fliers to industry
  • Post fliers on campus
  • Visit ESL, GED, and/or ABE classrooms
  • Hold informational meetings on campus

Ensuring I-BEST is the right fit:

Recruiting the right I-BEST student involves clear communication among the recruiter, the I-BEST instructional team and the staff that support the I-BEST initiative.   

To keep the communication clear and ensure that the students have the ability to be successful, here are some helpful hints:

Are the students ready?

It's important to tell the students what we expect them to have prior to class entry:

  • Provide a comprehensive orientation with clear student expectations
  • Use screening questions to assess students' English ability, motivation and commitment to the program
  • Must qualify into levels of basic skills education by taking the CASAS 20 appraisal or ECS 130.  Students usually place in ESL 4 or ESL 5.
    Each I-BEST program has its own ESL level requirements.
  •  A desire and commitment to get into the I-BEST class to get a job

Do the students know what they're getting into?

Telling students what they are going to learn from class and what they will be able to do after the program establishes realistic expectations:

  • Show the student the class offerings for the particular I-BEST class and what the time commitment is
  • Notify the students about the prerequisites or extra materials to purchase
  • Tell the student what they can get or be able to do after they finish the class
  • Encourage students to build relationships with the content and basic skills instructors.

Do the students know where they're going after the program?

There are many different directions that students can take, so provide them with the different options for furthering their education and/or career:

  • Find out what are the students career goals
  •  Locate places on campus to find jobs or meet with a career counselor
  •  Show the students their career pathway and options to obtain skills for a specific job.  You can download an example Pathway from Highline Community College. (*This style of chart may be too overwhelming for the students, so it would need to be explained and/or modified)
  •  Have a list of other colleges available with other options or referrals for the students particular career pathway.
  •  See the Career and Academic advising pages for more information.