Hispanic Orchard Employee Education Program. I'm Greg Martin with today's Fruit Grower Report.

Wenatchee Valley College has made the Hispanic Orchard Employee Education Program an I-BEST program. What does that mean? Lacy Gray explains.

GRAY: I-BEST or  Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program is a nationally recognized model that quickly boosts students' literacy and work skills so that students can earn credentials, get living wage jobs, and put their talents to work for employers. is a nationally recognized model that pairs two instructors in the classroom—one to teach college-level academic or technical content, and the other to teach basic skills in reading, math, writing or the English language. The Hispanic Orchard Employee Education Program is made up of seven 19-credit certificate programs and includes one instructor who teaches ag management skills and another that teaches basic skills and increases the professional abilities of employees and their contributions through greater understanding of horticultural science, production technology, English language and communication skills, math and computer skills, plus cultural and social systems.

Thanks Lacy. Wenatchee Valley College now provides 10 I-BEST programs, the most offered in the state and the HOEEP counts as seven I-BEST programs; the other three include the early childhood education certificates (initial and short), and a certified nursing assistant certificate.

That's today's Fruit Grower Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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