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Basic and Transitional Studies (BaTS)

The purpose of the Basic and Transitional Studies Department is to provide students with high-quality basic and pre-college Math and English literacy education for academic, personal, family, work and community engagement while cultivating leadership potential within collaborative student, staff, and faculty learning communities.

The department consists of several programs meeting the needs of students from many backgrounds and with differing levels of education and experience. Read the program descriptions below to find the program that works best for you!

Learn English (ESL)

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is for students who want to learn English as an additional language. ESL Courses are intended for students who want to learn reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills for their college and career goals. Successful students will participate in hybrid classes and complete work every quarter: fall, winter and spring; summer classes are optional.

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Prepare for College

Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses are intended for students needing basic skills to become more self-sufficient by offering courses to support students’ goals in transitioning to college classes. These students are 16 years or older and may or may not have a high school diploma.

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Earn a College Certificate

I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) is a nationally recognized program for English language learners and Basic Skills students who want to start college classes, earn college certificates in Business Computing or Accounting, learn workplace and job search skills, and gain confidence in English, study skills, and career readiness.

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Get Your High School Diploma

The High School + program is for students who are 18 years or older and do not have a high school diploma. Students who complete this program will receive a high school diploma from Bellevue College once they are 21 years or older.

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Prepare for the GED®

The GED® preparation courses are for students of any age who are preparing to take the GED® test. This course is not required to take the exam but offers skills and knowledge to better prepare students for the exam. This is a good option for students who do not wish to take the Washington state high school exams and do not want to wait until they are 21 to receive a high school diploma from Bellevue College.

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Build Workplace Skills

The Preparing for Work Program provides FREE job search and workplace communication classes to non-native English speakers who are immigrants, refugees or US citizens living in Bellevue. Students must be interested in finding a job now or in the near future. Classes are intermediate to advanced level (ESL Level 4, 5 and 6).

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Our Location

R Building, 1st Floor, Room R130

Summer hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Offices are closed on Fridays.