Jul 13, 2024  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College & Career Pathways


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 online and hybrid options. As a result, 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 Completion (HSC).  English Language Acquisition (ELA), and College Preparation.  

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   

  • Birch Creek Apartments (Kent)    

  • RTC Downtown Center (Renton)  

Shape AnchorI-BEST 

I-BEST Webpage 

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.  

Shape AnchorHigh School Completion (HSC) 

High School Completion Webpage 

The High School Completion (HSC) 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 HSC program.  

Classes are available in the morning, afternoon, and evening, as well as online. There is a quarterly tuition fee of $25 per student per quarter that can be waived based on need. 

College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education 

Shape AnchorYouth 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 

Shape AnchorEnglish 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, and technology.  

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, and evening, as well as in hybrid formats and online. There is a quarterly tuition fee of $25 per student per quarter.