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Adult literacy programs get cash infusion

Province gives community groups $80,000 for two literacy programs

Two Victoria literacy programs have been given funds from the B.C. government’s Community Adult Literacy Program. The $80,000 investment will help adults in Greater Victoria improve their literacy and numeracy skills.

“Literacy is a skill that many of us take for granted, and yet one that is vital for success - both in life and in the workforce,” said Oak Bay Gordon Head MLA Ida Chong. “These programs are a valuable tool that will increase opportunities for people in our community.”

Camosun College’s Learner’s Network and Aboriginal Tutor Training Program will each receive $40,000.

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.

The funding is part of $2.4 million being spent on adult literacy throughout the province for 2011-12.