Manitoba Government Increases Funding to Adult Education to Better Support Learning Opportunities
The Manitoba government is providing funding increases to 27 adult literacy and learning centre operators as part of its annual $20 million in funding to support centres across the province, Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Minister John Reyes announced today.
“Adult literacy and learning centres provide a critical service to adults who need to improve their skills to fully participate in our economy,” said Reyes. “This funding will ensure we can support increased enrolments at certain centres and improve services at others to serve their clients better.”
Some of the changes this year include:
- a 5.7 per cent increase to the Brandon Friendship Centre Inc. to expand services to operate summer programming at its adult learning centre;
- a 5.7 per cent increase to Yellowquill College Inc., which operates an adult learning centre with an Indigenous focus, to enhance programming and increase student access to education, where additional funding will support pre-Grade 9 and literacy programming;
- a 3.7 per cent increase to the Midland Adult Learning Centre, which specializes in online adult education and is operated by the Prairie Rose School Division, to support the increased enrolments consistently demonstrated over the previous five years;
- a 3.1 per cent increase to North End Literacy Programs LWG, an amalgamation of three small literacy programs in the north end of Winnipeg, to better support Indigenous learners and learners receiving Employment and Income Assistance;
- a 2.3 per cent increase to the Lakeshore School Division and Fieldstone Adult Learning, which amalgamated programming and increased services by adding an additional site in Gimli; and
- a funding increase of $25,300 to the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development for its adult learning centre and adult literacy program to support Indigenous students.
The minister noted programming at adult learning centres and adult literacy programs is designed to enable Manitobans to improve their ability to understand and use printed information in daily living activities at work, at home and in the community, and to obtain high school credentials so they can access higher education and better employment opportunities. Programming is available at more than 150 locations throughout Manitoba.
The minister noted the investment helps support the implementation of Manitoba’s Skills Knowledge and Talent Strategy by:
- enhancing opportunities for students and workers at all skill levels for seamless transitions and movement through multiple pathways including adult learning centres; and
- ensuring adult learning centres can bridge labour market needs with adult learning programming and essential skills training where needed most to provide the skills needed in the workplace.
For more information on Manitoba’s Skills, Talent and Knowledge Strategy, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/mbskills/index.html.
For more information on adult literacy and learning in Manitoba, visit: www.edu.gov.mb.ca/all/index.html.
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