College & Career Pathways Webpage
College & Career Pathways programs are offered to students who need and want the background skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college programs and the workplace. Courses include instruction in the basic skills of reading, writing, math, listening and speaking in the context students need to achieve educational or career-related goals. Classes are scheduled at convenient times - morning, afternoon, and evening - to meet student needs. Additionally, classes are available in online and hybrid options. Students can improve their basic skills to be successful in technical programs, obtain employment, qualify for job promotions, and improve the quality of their personal lives. Programs include High School Equivalency (HSE) and English Language Acquisition (ELA).
A quarterly $25 tuition fee will be charged for enrolling in courses in this section.
College & Career Pathways classes are offered at the following locations:
- RTC Main Campus
- Bellevue Library (Bellevue)
- Birch Creek Apartments (Kent)
- Creston Point Apartments (Seattle)
- El Centro Rendu (Renton)
- Kent Alliance Center (Kent)
- Renton Library (Renton)
- RTC Downtown Center (Renton)
- YouthSource (Tukwila)
- YWCA Opportunity Place (Seattle)
You can find more off-campus CCP program information on the RTC website.
I-BEST is designed to support student learning in college training programs.
I-BEST students are taught by a CCP (College and Career Pathways) instructor and a Program instructor.
As an I-BEST student, you will receive more support than in a traditional college program. Both instructors teach together, but focus on different skills. The Program instructor focuses on skills needed for the industry, while the CCP instructor teaches skills like math, reading, and writing to help students be successful in the program and in the industry.
I-BEST students also have an extra class to help develop study skills.
I-BEST students are 20% more likely to complete their certificate and degree programs compared to students enrolled in traditional programs.
High School Equivalency (HSE)
High School Completion Webpage
The High School Equivalency (HSE) program supports adults in improving their skills in reading, writing, oral communication and math in the context of science, social studies, art, health, and technology. Students may elect to prepare for their GED® exams or pursue their Adult High School Diploma (HS+). HS+ is an opportunity for adults to complete their Washington State High School Diploma by demonstrating competency in the required subject areas. The program combines current coursework with previous learning and experience. Bilingual Spanish/English courses are also available in the HSE program.
Classes are available in the morning, afternoon, and evening, as well as online. There is a quarterly tuition of $25 per student per quarter.
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education
Youth High School Completion
Youth High School Completion Webpage
Youth High School Completion is an opportunity for youth and young adults aged 16-20 to complete a Washington State High School Diploma and/or GED with Renton Technical College. Youth High School Completion students sit alongside adults on our campus, taking high school level classes to earn their diploma or GED. Students also have the optional opportunity to take college classes to count for dual-credit similar to Running Start. Students do not pay tuition for the high school or college classes, though some college programs might have fees.
Washington OSPI Learning Standards & Instructional Materials
English Language Acquisition (ELA)
Learn English Webpage
The English Language Acquisition (ELA) Foundations program supports immigrants and refugees to improve their English for college and career success. Courses address skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, technology, and math.
Students are assessed at entry and placed in a class consistent with their English level. Classes are offered at Levels the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Classes are available in the morning, afternoon, evening, as well as in hybrid formats and online. There is a quarterly tuition of $25 per student per quarter.