2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 17, 2024  
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Support Studies - I-BEST - Parent Mentor Certificate of Completion

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PGM Code - 434A

Program Description The IBEST Parent Mentor Certificate of Completion was established to offer coursework to natural leaders in our communities to increase their skills in working effectively with families using the principles and practices of family support.

This program is designed to appeal to bicultural and/or bilingual parent volunteers serving our school districts as natural leaders; Head Start and ECEAP parent policy council leaders and bilingual/bicultural staff serving community family support program/centers.

Credit Requirements This is an IBEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) certificate requiring students to complete a basic skills class for each content class offered. These skills are designed to enhance English reading and writing abilities. A minimum of 19 credits of content coursework must be completed to earn this certificate. All ABE/ESL students must also complete the required 8 credits of the basic skills classes.

Upon completion of the this program, students are eligible to complete a Family Support Studies Certificate and/or a Family Support Studies AAS-T Degree. (See these programs for more details.)

Permit codes are required to enter these classes and can be obtained in consultation with the adviser.

Certificates of Completion (COCs) are not eligible for financial aid; however, some COCs may be eligible for veteran’s benefits. If interested in this COC, please inquire at your instructional department or academic advising.

Students are advised to

  • Plan their schedules in advance to accommodate courses that meet for 4-5 hours on Fridays each week.
  • Communicate with a faculty adviser and the IBEST program coordinator as needed.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to finish. Forms are available at Enrollment Services located in Lynnwood Hall.

The advisers for this program are
Karen Townsend | karen.townsend@edcc.edu | 425.640.1595
Christina Coiro | ccoiro@edcc.edu | 425.640.1981
Tui Lindsey | tui.lindsey@edcc.edu | 425.640.1633

Department website
Social and Human Services | www.edcc.edu/shs
Family Support Services | www.edcc.edu/fss

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic adviser. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds CC certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Program Requirements (19 credits)


  • Enhance their leaderships skills to support families in public schools, Head Start/ECEAP, or other community family support programs.
  • Identify quality bilingual and bicultural skills that are respectful, responsive, and culturally appropriate to meet the needs of today’s diverse families.
  • Demonstrate conflict resolution, translation, and interpretation skills to use when working with families.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of the U.S. public school or healthcare systems and community resources that enable parents to advocate for their children.



Dean’s Signature and Date Adviser’s Signature and Date
Eff: summer 2014  |  Rev: 05/14  

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