Cornwall ON – Ontario is helping adult learners in Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry upgrade their literacy skills.
Through support from Ontario’s Literacy and Basic Skills Program, three organizations in the region are preparing learners for jobs through a number of initiatives, such as academic upgrading, computer training and high school credit preparation.
The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Adult Education Program is receiving $39,875; the Tri-County (Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry) Literacy Council, $57,630; and the Ontario Association of Adult and Continuing Education School Board Administrators, $20,000 to help learners get closer to their education, training or employment goals.
Ontario funds about 300 sites across the province, including at colleges, school boards and community-based organizations.
The McGuinty government’s Open Ontario Plan is helping to build the most highly skilled and educated workforce in the world, giving Ontario the competitive edge in securing a strong economy for the future.
“We want to ensure we provide as many tools as possible, so that our citizens can succeed in their professions and their lives. This funding will help people upgrade their literacy skills that can lead them to more opportunities.”
– Jim Brownell, MPP for Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry
“Giving people a solid foundation in literacy helps them learn new skills, strengthening their ability to contribute to the economy and their families.”
– John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
- Ontario is investing $122.9 million in the program this year – up from $80 million two years ago.
- From 2003-2004 to 2010-2011, the McGuinty government has invested $650 million in adult literacy and basic skills programs.
- The government’s Open Ontario Plan will raise the number of Ontarians with a postsecondary education credential to 70 percent.