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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Investing in adult learners across the Interior | Salmon Arm Observer

Alistair Waters, Author at Salmon Arm Observer says, "Province funding community-based, adult literacy programs in Okanagan and Columbia-Shuswap."

The community-based adult education programs are delivered in partnership with Okanagan College.
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The province is investing in community-based programs to help adult learners break down education barriers.

Literacy and numeracy skills will give adult learners in the Okanagan and Columbia Shuswap the ability to read a safety label, balance a household budget and work towards higher education, said 
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark on Monday.

“I’m proud that our government is investing in lifting up adult learners in the Okanagan and Columbia Shuswap,” said Mark. “Literacy skills can give people the confidence to greatly improve their lives. The skills they learn will allow them to interact with their neighbours, connect with services including education, as well as thrive and succeed.”

The programs include one-on-one tutoring or small group training for adult learners. This helps ensure their education is tailored to their individual educational needs, said the ministry. The programs are provided in a variety of locations that are easily accessible for adult learners, including public school libraries, community centres and public libraries.

“Our government is working to provide services where and when British Columbians need them,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “Community literacy programs are provided in environments that are familiar to adult learners and where they feel more welcome. This will hopefully encourage more adult learners to access the support they need.”

The community-based programs are delivered in partnership with Okanagan College. Literacy providers and post-secondary institutions collaborate to support improved learner outcomes and encourage the transition from community programs to post-secondary studies.
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Source: Salmon Arm Observer 


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