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Adult literacy gets a boost in Clearwater and Barriere

KAMLOOPS – Thompson Rivers University and Yellowhead Community Services Society will receive $9,859.76 this fiscal year to support their adult literacy program.

Adult learners in Clearwater and Barriere will get help to improve their literacy and numeracy skills, and advance their education and career goals thanks to government funding for the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP).

“The Community Adult Literacy Program addresses everything from basic literacy to high school completion. It’s helped more than 75,000 adults further their education and job skills, and it’s great to see it continue to help people,” said Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake.

Projects funded under CALP provide instruction and support to adult learners in everything from basic literacy to high school completion.

Projects focus on the individual goals of learners such as improving their literacy skills in order to enhance the quality of their lives, improve their employment opportunities, further their education and increase their involvement in their families and communities.

Most offer one-on-one tutoring by trained volunteers, small group classes and other types of learning tailored to adults, Aboriginal learners, young parents and others in the community in need of support.

CALP projects are offered in a variety of settings – schools, non-profit organizations, native friendship and community centres – and are supported by volunteers.

The projects are delivered through partnerships between community groups and B.C.’s public post-secondary institutions.

In all, government is providing $2.4 million to the Community Adult Literacy Program for 2012-13 to support 68 projects around the province. The program is expected to benefit close to 6,400 British Columbians.

Since 2001, government has invested $20.7 million in CALP, helping more than 75,000 adults improve their literacy skills.

 

This program supports the BC Jobs Plan commitment to enhancing access to advanced education, skills and apprenticeship training throughout the province.

 

 

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