Vancouver communities will benefit from one-time targeted funding of $320,655 for Capilano University and $78,000 for Vancouver Community College to support adult-literacy programs.
Trained volunteers teach the adult-literacy programs, offering one-to-one tutoring or small group classes. Each program is tailored to suit the needs of adults with low reading, writing and/or math skills.
Local community organizations deliver the programs in partnership with public post-secondary institutions in their regions. The partnerships encourage the transition of adult learners from community adult-literacy programs into post-secondary studies and employment training.
Provincial funding for community adult-literacy programs is distributed to not-for-profit community groups to offer free training that is easily accessible in local places such as schools, Aboriginal friendship centres and community centres. In 2016-17, 91 grants will be funded, supporting 9,000 adult learners in B.C.
The funding for Capilano University and Vancouver Community College is part of $2.4 million announced today toward community adult-literacy programs that will help adults in 85 communities throughout B.C. improve their reading and math skills.
Since 2001, the Province has invested more than $27 million in community adult-literacy programs, helping approximately 109,000 adults improve their reading, writing and math skills.
Sam Sullivan, Vancouver-False Creek MLA –
“This funding represents the provincial government’s on-going commitment to provide educational opportunities to British Columbians of all ages. It is the type of access they need to succeed.”
Jane Thornthwaite, North Vancouver-Seymour MLA –
“Adult learners demonstrate a particular eagerness to improve their literacy skills so that they can participate in the job market and make a better life for themselves and their families.”
To find out more about community adult-literacy programs please visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/adult-education/adult-upgrading