Albertans benefiting from adult learning supports
Special to the Post
Albertans are improving their literacy, learning habits and employment prospects thanks to grants through the Community Adult Learning Program (CALP).
The largest grant offered through this program, of $260,000, will support Lethbridge Public Library’s Read On Program, which provides adult and family literacy, and help with learning English. CALP assists 130 organizations provincewide as part of a larger commitment to help Albertans access foundational learning opportunities, such as reading, writing, and occupational training.
“One in five Albertans is held back by low literacy skills and this has a tremendous impact on our society. We know good jobs start with a good education and by supporting foundational learning programs, we’re helping Albertans break down barriers and improve their quality of life.”
Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education
“When I came to Read On as a new immigrant to Canada, I spoke very little English. Thanks to the supports that were available to me, I’m now in university working toward Human Resources Certification.”
Yudith San Miguel, recipient of English language supports
CALP is part of the government’s commitment to ensuring that Albertans are “Future Ready” and have the skills and training they need to succeed in a changing economy.
“We’re proud of our awardwinning Read On Program and excited to receive this grant, which allows us to partner with community organizations to provide innovative programs. It’s great to have this opportunity to share the impact of our literacy programs with the minister and the community.”
Terra Plato, Lethbridge Public Library CEO
Through CALP, the Alberta government provides approximately $15 million in funding to non-profit and other organizations, whose services reach 600 communities across the province.