English as a Second Language (ESL)

Contact Us

Downtown Campus

Beth Prevo ESL Instructor

Karrie Zylstra ESL Instructor


IBEST Truck Driving 

Want to learn English and study for your degree or certificate? We can help! Is language a barrier to your pursuit of a degree or certificate?

If you struggle with English and need to upgrade your language skills, and you want to earn a degree or certificate, then these may be perfect programs for you.

Bates Technical College's English as a Second Language department has free English classes that are integrated with career training programs. With Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST), we can help you boost literacy and English skills while you earn a credential.

Currently, we offer I-BEST programs in Practical Nurse and Commercial Truck Driving: Entry Level.


These classes are usually 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Please call, email or stop by to register or confirm the times.


Interested in learning more or registering for classes?

Come to an orientation and take the placement test:

Downtown Campus Assessment Center

Please contact the Assessment Center Room M216 at 253-680-7030 or email testing@bates.ctc.edu for up to date information about CASAS test times and location.


  • Karrie Zylstra, Practical Nurse I-BEST, 253.680.7304, kzylstra@bates.ctc.edu
  • Beth Prevo, Commercial Truck Driving I-BEST, 253.680.7482, bprevo@bates.ctc.edu