Communities in the Fraser Valley will benefit from one-time targeted funding of $177,917 for the University of the Fraser Valley 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 University of the Fraser Valley 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.
Darryl Plecas, Abbotsford South MLA –
“The University of the Fraser Valley has a well established reputation for delivering adult education programs with outstanding results. This funding will help ensure that older individuals will have access to the education and skills training necessary to succeed in today’s job market.”
John Martin, Chilliwack MLA –
“Without reading, writing and math skills, older individuals face tremendous difficulties to secure rewarding employment. This funding will ensure that British Columbians of all ages have sufficient literacy to succeed 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