Communities in the north will benefit from one-time targeted funding of $209,289 for the College of New Caledonia 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 the College of New Caledonia 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.
Shirley Bond, Prince George-Valemount MLA –
“We know that far too many British Columbians do not have the literacy levels required to be successful in the job market or in further educational studies. This program will provide the personal support required to improve their reading, writing, and math skills.”
Mike Morris, Prince George-Mackenzie MLA –
“One of the great barriers to employment is poor literacy. This funding will help ensure that older individuals can improve their chances at success and receive on-going training throughout their working life by having better literacy skills.”
John Rustad, Nechako Lakes MLA –
“Strong reading, writing and math skills are the starting point for many adults looking to upgrade their education. We want to ensure that British Columbians of all ages have the skills they need to partake in our growing economy.”
To find out more about community adult-literacy programs please visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/adult-education/adult-upgrading