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Basic Academic Skills

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    Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
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BTC’s Basic Academic Skills program can help your improve your basic reading, writing, math, and workplace skills. As comprehension and communication progress, so will your ability to express yourself and function effectively in the workplace. The goal is for every graduate to get and keep a good job.

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    Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
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Program Requirements

To be eligible for Basic Academic Skills programs, you must:

  • Complete a basic skills assessment (CASAS).
  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Commit to regular attendance.
  • Be able to participate positively in an adult learning environment.
  • Be 16 years or older and not enrolled in high school (those 16 – 18 must submit “Request for Approval to Test GED Certificate” signed by a high school representative).

Most classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening. See the Quarterly Schedule for class times.

For more information, contact the Basic Skills office, located in A Building (A), Room 10. Phone: 360-752-8341.

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Off-Site Classes

Reaching Out to East 542

If you live in the eastern end of Whatcom County, BTC is bringing classes to Deming and Kendall.

  • GED Classes
  • ABE Classes
  • ESL Classes

For more information, contact the Basic Skills office, located in A Building (A), Room 10. Phone: 360-752-8341.

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    Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
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ABE, GED, ESL Orientation Sessions

In orientation, you will:

  • Learn more about classes
  • Take a Basic Skills Assessment
  • Take a Learning Styles assessment
  • Explore goal setting and career paths
  • Learn about BTC Student Services
  • Start your registration paperwork

Sign up here or call Basic Skills at 360-752-8341.

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Basic Academic Skills Faculty & Staff

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Judi Wise

IBEST, ESL

jwise@btc.ctc.edu

Degrees & Certifications

  • M.A. Linguistics (Applied), California State University, Fullerton, California
  • B.A., French, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma

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Marcia Leister

ABE, GED

mleister@btc.ctc.edu

Degrees & Certifications

  • M.Ed., Western Washington University
  • B.A., Psychology, Western Washington University
  • Endorsements: Psychology & Social Studies
  • WA Secondary Teaching Certificate