Al­ber­tans ben­e­fit­ing from adult learn­ing sup­ports

The McLeod River Post - - Education Matters -

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.

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