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Keyano launching new educational programs to bridge gaps in Fort McMurray

Author: Greg Bennett/Thursday, July 20, 2017/Categories: Keyano College General, Academics

Keyano College is launching new community-based learning opportunities at two new sites in Fort McMurray to help bridge educational gaps for people who have less than Grade 10 academic skills.

The college’s Aboriginal Education and Regional Stewardship team will provide the new programs through a Community Adult Learning Program Grant (CALP) from Alberta Advanced Education.

Both sites will focus on providing pre-high school courses for members of the Fort McMurray community. One of the sites will focus on meeting the literacy and essential skills needs of English as a Second Language (ESL) learners while the other will be for those who already speak English proficiently, including our Aboriginal learners. The ESL Pre-High Courses will also be an excellent opportunity for graduates of the Language Instruction to Newcomers (LINC) program to develop the academic skills to transition to college upgrading or other high school equivalency courses.

Keyano has a long history in the field of adult basic education, including English Language Learning, and recent work providing adult literacy and foundational learning to Indigenous learners in their home communities. The college currently offers similar programs in Fort Chipewyan, Fort McKay, Gregoire Lake, and Janvier.

The college was informed on July 7 that its CALP funding application was successful for the Fort McMurray programs.

In the acceptance letter from Advanced Education, it was noted the review team was impressed with the college’s significant history and recent work providing adult literacy and foundational learning. It found the need for the programs was clearly identified and that the program plan was clear, intentional, and achievable, and maximized grant dollars by working with key partners and leveraging existing resources.

Anyone interested in learning more about the programs can contact Veronica Doleman, Community Adult Learning Program Coordinator, Keyano College, at 780-715-4946.



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