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Adult/family literacy programs get a boostPosted: January 9, 2012

Adult learners around the East Kootenay region will get help to improve their literacy and numeracy skills thanks to projects funded through the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP). An investment of $70,000 will support two projects in communities around the region for 2012.

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy’s Family Literacy and Adult Literacy Programs will be getting $30,000 and $40,000 respectively as part of the $2.4 million 2011-12 CALP funding program, which is supporting 72 projects around B.C.

According to a government press release the program is expected to benefit close to 8,000 British Columbians.

Funding help will be realized in Golden, Windermere, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Creston and the Elk Valley.

“Literacy is a valuable tool that increases and expands opportunities for those looking to further their careers. These programs being offered will give people the skills they need to begin down a path of success,” stated East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett.

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.

Since 2001, government has invested $18.3 million in CALP, helping more than 70,000 adults learn how to read or improve their reading, writing and numeracy 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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