Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

BC Gov't News


Local adult learners to benefit from educational funding

Released by the BC Gov't Caucus


wo local adult literacy projects in Chilliwack are receiving a total of $72,000 from the provincial government to help learners improve their reading, writing, numeracy and technology skills announced Chilliwack MLA John Martin.

• Chilliwack Community Services - $32,000
• Chilliwack Learning Community Society - $40,000

“Barriers such as poverty, social isolation, abuse backgrounds and other life issues often prevent learners from being successful at reaching their academic and employment goals, said Chilliwack Community Services Family Literacy Programs Coordinator Laura Watson. “With the funds provided through the CALP Grant, the Family Literacy Programs in Chilliwack have been able to equip learners with the tools and skills necessary to ensure future success in their educational and vocational goals. Participants are supported not only as a student, but as a parent, partner, community member and lifelong learner.”


“Thanks to the CALP grant, the Chilliwack Learning Society has been able to provide free literacy tutoring to roughly 100 adult learners in our community over the past year,” said Volunteer Tutor Program Coordinator Marci Bulloch. “This is an incredibly valuable volunteer based program that helps motivated adults achieve their learning goals. We are really fortunate in Chilliwack to have such a caring community, because without those volunteers working side by side with their learners, this program wouldn’t happen.”


“The CALP program enables adult learners to take the first step towards achieving their personal goals,” said Chilliwack MLA John Martin. “Building upon new skills increases one's employment opportunities and self-confidence."


The Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP), an initiative that distributes funding to not-for-profit community groups to offer free literacy training that is easily accessible in local schools, native friendship and community centres.


Both projects are done in collaboration with the University of the Fraser Valley. This partnership encourages the transition of adult learners from literacy programs to post-secondary studies and employment training.


Projects are tailored to suit the needs of young parents, Aboriginal learners, and other adults in the community, and are delivered by trained volunteers offering one-to-one tutoring or small group classes.


This year approximately $2.4 million is being distributed towards 83 CALP projects in 90 communities throughout B.C. It is expected 9,000 adult learners will be helped through the projects.


Since 2001, the provincial government has invested more than $25 million in CALP, helping more than 93,000 adults improve their reading and writing skills.



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