Transitional Studies

Better Skills, Better Jobs, Building a Stronger Washington

The Department of Transitional Studies provides a variety of program options for students who are preparing for entry into college level coursework, vocational-technical programs, and the workforce. Learning opportunities include basic skills classes, bilingual (Spanish/English) preparation programs, English for second language learners classes, GED test preparation in both English and Spanish, I-BEST (integrated basic education and skills training) programs, college preparatory courses, and transition-to-work courses.

Adult Basic Education is designed to enable those who have not completed high school to earn the General Education Development (GED)® . Adult Basic Education also serves those needing a review of basic skills before entering other college academic and vocational programs.


General Educational Development (GED)® is made up of five tests which certify that the taker has high school level academic skills as specified by the U.S. Department of Education.

The mission of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Department is to provide a quality learning environment for English limited speakers by providing basic literacy instruction that strengthens English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

College prep classes at WWCC provide a learning environment that assists student in developing skills and confidence that lead to academic and vocational success.

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) assists students who need support improving their basic skills in reading, writing, mathematics and English as a second language while they are concurrently working towards a vocational certificate.

Skills Steps is a program for goal oriented students ages 18 to 24, who have a desire to complete college programs but need support to gain academic skills which would allow them to be successful in college and work.

Mission Statement

The Mission of Transitional Studies is provide the highest quality of educational instruction to students studying basic skills, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, and college preparatory to support them in reaching their educational and vocational goals, or to make a successful transition to work.