(Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills / BC Gov News)

For those hoping to continue their education or upgrade, this is for you!

The Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills has announced an expansion in BCs Community Adult Literacy Programs (CALP) for more accessible and affordable education.

The province announced they will now invest $3.4 million in CALP compared to their allocated $2.9 million in 2021/2022—which means 102 adult literacy programs will be delivered by 71 providers in 132 communities, supporting more than 16,000 people in the province!

“Improving literacy and numeracy skills is a large step forward that has a massive impact on people’s quality of life, improving job and career prospects and thriving in B.C.’s robust and strong economy,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills. 

“This investment will connect people with the skills they need to take the next step in their educational and career journey.”

According to the province, CALP aims to help British Columbians, newcomers, work permit holders and refugee claimants improve their reading, writing, math and digital skills with programming that includes one-on-one tutoring and small-group instruction.

There’s programming offered by both school districts as well as post-secondary institutions across the province. 

If cost is a barrier, many public post-secondary institutions (colleges and universities) offer tuition-free adult upgrading courses, particularly under program names such as Adult Basic Education, Access Programs or Academic Upgrading. 

There are also multiple grants, scholarships, and other financial assistance available to adults and you can check your eligibility here.

Additionally,  the Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Learning programs for domestic students are tuition-free—with courses being offered at 18 public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.

The institutions on Vancouver Island include Camosun College, Vancouver Island University, and North Island College—check out the full list of institutions here!

“Empowering people to take charge of their learning better prepares them to acquire the skills needed in today’s changing world,” said Desneiges Profili, executive director, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL).

“With thousands of learners walking through CBAL doors every year, CALP funding is essential to ensure community members get the support they need to not just survive, but thrive.”

Visit their website to figure out which Adult Education program will suit your needs—factors such as cost, length, and instruction delivery will depend on the district or post-secondary institution of your choice.

Happy learning!

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