Communities in the central interior will benefit from one-time targeted funding of $80,500 for Okanagan 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 Okanagan 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.
Greg Kyllo, Shuswap MLA –
“Okanagan College has a well established reputation for the delivery of high-quality adult education programs. Older individuals will be able to access the education and skills training they need close to their own community.”
Dan Ashton, Penticton MLA –
“In order to enter job training programs, older individuals must attain basic literacy skills that are necessary to take the first step. This funding represents an on-going commitment on behalf of the provincial government to ensure that British Columbians of all ages have access to the programs they need for today’s job market.”
Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA –
“Since 2001 the provincial government has invested in lifelong learning. With this funding, we are not only investing in other’s education, but our future success as a province.”
Steve Thomson, Kelowna-Mission MLA –
“Supporting literacy and adult education can lead to better opportunities down the road. By providing British Columbians with better literacy skills, we are giving them the means to follow their own chosen path to success.”
To find out more about community adult-literacy programs please visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/adult-education/adult-upgrading