Kamloops will benefit from one-time targeted funding of $256,732 for Thompson Rivers University 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 Thompson Rivers University 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.
Todd Stone, Kamloops-South Thompson MLA –
“Thompson Rivers University is well positioned to help older individuals gain the literacy skills necessary to enter job training programs that will eventually lead to rewarding employment opportunities.”
Donna Barnett, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA –
“This funding represents the provincial government’s commitment to ensure that rural British Columbians of all ages have access to education and skills training that will help them succeed in today’s job market.”
To find out more about community adult-literacy programs please visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/adult-education/adult-upgrading