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Action Read Community Literacy Centre

Adult Literacy Programs

→GUELPH

www.actionread.com

What:

A wide range of free adult learning programs for employment, independence, and education and training:

  • 1 to 1 tutoring and/or small group learning (5-8 people) to improve reading, writing, spelling, and basic math
  • GED classes and support
  • Pre-employment skills preparation to help get and keep jobs. Programs include cash register training, receptionist training, janitorial training, RentSmart, Working in Retail, communications training & others
  • Computer based learning, with assistive technologies. NorthStar computer certification
  • Learning assessment, training plan development, short term groups and workshops
  • Mobile computer lab to provide computer training offsite
  • Information and referrals to other programs and services
  • Assist adults with learning disabilities
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Childcare and transportation subsidy available

Who:

Adults (19+ years)

When:

Mondays at 9:30am‒9:00pm
Tuesday ‒ Friday at 9:30am‒4:30pm
Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6:00pm‒9:00pm

Where:

Guelph—8 Cork Street East, N1H 2W8

Ask For:

Adult program information
Joanne Morant
(519) 836-2759
artutor@on.aibn.com or
actionread@gmail.com

Information During COVID-19 Pandemic: We have made changes to our programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We now offer a range of remote learning options. Office hours and in-person meetings may be limited, and will be scheduled by appointment only. For details, please call our office at (519) 836-2759, or email us at actionread@gmail.com. We will respond to messages within one business day.


Conestoga College

Academic Upgrading

→CAMBRIDGE, GUELPH, KITCHENER, WATERLOO

www.conestogac.on.ca/caa/upgrading

What:

  • Tuition free courses in Math, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Targeted academic preparation up to grade 12 equivalency for admission into college post secondary programs including apprenticeship training
  • Developing Essential Skills for the workplace
  • GED pre-test and preparation
  • Childcare and transportation subsidy for eligible learners
  • Continuous intake, self-paced learning, self-directed with teacher support

Who:

Adults (19+ years) with or without a grade 12 diploma (age exceptions may apply)

* Students must have a Canadian Language Benchmark level 6 on all areas (documentation required)

Where:

Cambridge—150 Main Street, Suite 402

Kitchener—49 Frederick Street

Kitchener/Doon—299 Doon Valley Drive

Guelph—460 Speedvale Avenue West

Waterloo—108 University Avenue East

When:

All classes are currently delivered online

Math Communications Biology Chemistry
Cambridge Self-Directed
Day Classes
Self-Directed
Day Classes
Self-Directed
Day Classes
Self-Directed
Day Classes
Doon Self-Directed
Evening Classes
Self-Directed
Evening Classes
N/A N/A
Guelph Self-Directed
Day Classes
Evening Classes
Self-Directed
Day Classes
Evening Classes
Teacher Led
Day Classes
Teacher Led
Day Classes
Waterloo Self-Directed
Day Classes
Evening Classes
Self-Directed
Day Classes
Evening Classes
Teacher Led
Day Classes
Evening Classes
Teacher Led
Day Classes
Evening Classes
***Physics is available online only

Self-directed study: Work at your own pace through the materials with an Instructor available in class to support you. Students can start anytime as part of our continuous intake.

Teacher-led options: An Instructor teaches the class with all students starting and ending at the same time. Teacher-led classes are 15 weeks in length and students must attend all classes.

Ask For:

Information on Academic Upgrading ACE or Preparatory Programs—(519) 748-5220 ext. 3681 upgrading@conestogac.on.ca or http://www.conestogac.on.ca/caa/upgrading/


Continuing Education

Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB)

Day School Credit Courses

→GUELPH

www.GetCredits.ca

What:

  • Senior Credit Courses (Grade 11 and 12) in English, Mathematics, Computers, Chemistry and Biology
  • Courses offered on a rotational basis (every 6 weeks September to June)

Who:

Adults (18+ years)

When:

Monday ‒ Friday at 9:00am to 12:00pm

Where:

Guelph—1428 Gordon Street
Wellington Centre for Continuing Education

Ask For:

Student Services—(519) 836-7280 ext. 627


Continuing Education

Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB)

Skills Upgrading Program

→GUELPH

www.GetCredits.ca

What:

  • Skills upgrading in reading, writing, mathematics and computers
  • Preparing for high school diploma, college or GED
  • Improving Essential Skills for employment
  • Continuous Intake
  • Individualized learning plans and
    flexible hours

Who:

Adults (19+ years)

When:

Monday ‒ Thursday, day and evening classes available

Remote learning is also possible

Where:

Guelph—1428 Gordon Street
Wellington Centre for Continuing Education
Classes available in several locations throughout Guelph

Ask For:

Skills Upgrading Program
(519) 836-7280 ext. 624
Call or Text: (226) 821-2694
skillsupgradingprogram@ugconed.ca


Continuing Education

Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB)

Skills Upgrading Program

→DRAYTON, FERGUS, MOUNT FOREST

www.GetCredits.ca

What:

  • Skills upgrading in reading, writing, mathematics and computers
  • Preparing for high school diploma, college or GED
  • Improving Essential Skills for employment
  • Continuous Intake
  • Individualized learning plans and flexible hours

Who:

Adults (19+ years)

When:

Monday ‒ Thursday, day and evening classes available in most locations Remote learning is also possible

Where:

Drayton—Mennonite Fellowship Church
109 Wellington Street South

Fergus—Bethel Baptist Church
675 Victoria Terrace

Mount Forest—Portable at North Wellington Centre for Continuing Education 405B Sligo Road East

Ask For:

Call or Text: (226) 821-2694
skillsupgradingprogram@ugconed.ca


ESU: Essential Skills Upgrading

Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB)

→CAMBRIDGE, KITCHENER, WATERLOO

www.wrdsb.ca/esu

What:

  • We will help you upgrade your reading, writing, math and computer skills needed for work, home, retraining or further education
  • Employment-focused learning
  • Pre-GED upgrading

Who:

We offer a free learning program for adults living in the Region of Waterloo. The program is in a small group or class setting, by distance learning, or in a combination of both to suit your timetable. The learning plan is customized for your individual needs.

When:

Monday ‒ Thursday: morning, afternoon or evening sessions available

Where:

Day Sessions:

Cambridge—60 McDonald Avenue

Waterloo—151 Weber Street South
(South of Union Street)

Evening Sessions:

Please contact ESU at (519) 885-4356 ext. 223 for more information

* Transportation subsidy is possible

Ask For:

Cambridge—(519) 740-3800

Kitchener and Waterloo—(519) 885-4356 ext. 223

Contact ESU using the online Contact Form (https://schools.wrdsb.ca/esu/)


ESU: Essential Skills Upgrading for Independence

Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB)

→WATERLOO

www.wrdsb.ca/esu

What:

  • Introduction to computers, communications (including creativity) and math
  • Essential Skills of reading, writing, math, oral communication, digital technology, working with others
  • Volunteering/employment or independence pathways

Who:

We offer a free learning program for adults with developmental disabilities. The program is in a small group or class setting and can be customized for individual needs.

When:

Monday and Wednesday evenings from 4:00pm‒5:30pm, Friday mornings from 9:00am‒11:00am

* Transportation subsidy is possible

Where:

Waterloo—151 Weber Street South (South of Union)

Ask For:

Barb Williacy—(519) 885-4356 ext. 224

Contact ESU using the online Contact Form (https://schools.wrdsb.ca/esu/)


KW Habilitation

LEG UP!

→KITCHENER

www.kwhab.ca

What:

Learning, Experience, Goals

A learning and skill building program that provides small group learning and training geared towards adults seeking to enhance their skills for employment, volunteerism and independent living.

Who:

Adults (18+ years) who have a developmental disability

When:

Sessions are offered throughout the year

Visit www.kwhab.ca for registration information

Where:

Kitchener—109 Ottawa Street South, Unit D

Ask For:

Annita Boer or Lana Higgison
LEG Up! Instructors
(519) 208-2225


The Literacy Group of Waterloo Region

Adult Literacy Skills Upgrading

→CAMBRIDGE, KITCHENER, RURAL WATERLOO REGION, WATERLOO

www.theliteracygroup.com

What:

Learner centered 1 to 1 tutoring & small group instruction in reading, writing, math, computers & workplace essential skills.

Modular programs – short term programming to support learners either working, looking for work or wanting to upgrade their skills through programs running 6 to 8 weeks in length.

All programs are also now available online. Contact us for more information.

Who:

Adults (19+ years)

When:

Cambridge

Monday and Wednesday at 9:00am‒9:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00am‒5:00pm
Friday at 8:30am‒4:00pm

Kitchener

Monday ‒ Thursday at 9:00am‒9:00pm
Friday at 9:00am‒4:00pm

Rural Sites

Phone for times

Where:

Cambridge—40 Ainslie Street South

Kitchener—300 Victoria Street North, Unit 8

Phone for full site information

Ask For:

Cambridge
Marilena Benak—(519) 621-7993 ext. 322

Kitchener and Rural
Joyce Baker—(519) 743-6090 ext. 223

Email: info@tlgwr.ca


The Literacy Group of Waterloo Region

Modular Programs

→CAMBRIDGE, KITCHENER, RURAL WATERLOO REGION, WATERLOO

www.theliteracygroup.com

What:

The Literacy Group provides customized modular based training for clients looking for short-term skills and literacy upgrading. Training topics range from Workplace Soft Skills, Customer Service and POS Cashier Training, Computer Upgrading and NOC related Literacy and Numeracy skills. Contact us for more details or visit our website to find out about our current programs and training opportunities.

All programs are also now offered online. Contact us for more information.

Who:

Adults (19+ years)

When:

Continual intake

Where:

Kitchener and Cambridge offices. Programs can run in a satellite location and are flexible to meet the needs of the learner.

Ask For:

Lisa McArthur—Program Manager
lisa@theliteracygroup.com
(519) 743-6090


Project READ Literacy Network

Educational Essential Skills Assessments

→CAMBRIDGE, KITCHENER, WATERLOO

www.projectread.ca

What:

  • Assessment of literacy and Essential Skills
  • Referral into upgrading programs based on personal needs and goals
  • Free for adults on Ontario Works in Waterloo Region
  • Sliding scale of fees for other individuals
Help for Businesses & Non-Profits
  • Clear Writing services
  • Bridges out of Poverty training
  • Soft Skills Solutions certification training
  • Mental Health Practitioner Guide workshops

* All businesses & non-profit services are available for a fee. Contact us for an estimate.

Who:

Adults (18+ years)

When:

Assessments by appointment, please call or email

Where:

Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo

Employment Resource Centres

Ask For:

Assessment information
(519) 570-3054 or info@projectread.ca


St Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centre

Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB)

Adult Secondary School Credit

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

→ KITCHENER, WATERLOO REGION

https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca

What:

  • Guidance Services is the first step to registering for ANY secondary school credit course for upgrading, post-secondary pre-requisites or completing high school diploma (OSSD)
  • Up to 60 Secondary school credit courses available for various grade levels
  • Day class instruction for Grades 10‒12 (part-time or full-time) offered through at-home learning during dedicated class times
  • Correspondence, online, earn credits on your own schedule (20 lessons total at 2 lessons per week)
  • Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) for mature students to earn secondary school credits based on previous work and life experience. Earn up to 26 credits through meetings with Guidance
  • Credits@Work—earn co-op credits while working (+20 hour online or handout component). Every hour worked counts toward each hour needed to complete a credit. Each credit is 90-110 hours
  • No Student Services Fee is charged, Correspondence requires a $60 fee per course

If schools must close due to public health orders, Secondary School Credit options and Guidance Services will continue to be offered remotely through at-home learning with instructor support. Access to a personal computer is required and will not be provided.

Who:

  • Adults (18+ years)
  • Students (16+ years) not attending school full time‒for correspondence and Credit@Work options only, additional fees apply

When:

Guidance Services

Remote contact only during COVID-19 closures. No in-person visits

  • September ‒ June
  • Monday ‒ Thursday, 8:00am‒3:30pm, closed Friday for PLAR assessments
Day class instruction
  • Kitchener Main Campus only
  • September ‒ June
  • 5 terms a year (7 week terms), plus Summer School class in July
  • Monday ‒ Friday, 8:45am‒11:45am, 12:30pm‒3:30pm
Correspondence / Self-Directed Study:
  • Kitchener Main
  • Monday ‒ Thursday (no Fridays)

Registration and remote 1 to 1 tutor information may be found on https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca

Prior Learning and Recognition (PLAR):

Continuous registration and ongoing programming. PLAR testing on Fridays.

Credits@Work:
  • Continuous registration and ongoing programming
  • Program runs 20 hours online and remainder of time at place of employment
Registration:
  • Must complete online Guidance Intake Form (Monday ‒ Thursday) to enroll. Transcript or credit counselling summary from last high school required.
  • Day classes have designated public registration days (see website for details).
  • Secondary School Credit Day Class registration is generally 3 weeks before the start of each term. New term every 2 months.

Where:

St. Louis—Kitchener Main Campus

80 Young Street (behind Kitchener City Hall)

St. Louis—Cambridge satellite location

On hold during COVID-19 restrictions

Ask For:

Email: stlouis@wcdsb.ca or

Guidance Department
(519) 745-1201 ext. 237

Correspondence Department
(519) 745-1201 ext. 217


St Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centre

Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB)

Core Essentials Upgrading

→CAMBRIDGE, KITCHENER

https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca

What:

  • Core Essentials is a free, *in-person program that offers a comfortable classroom environment, flexible daytime hours for study, instruction tailored to your goals
  • Prepare for Secondary School Credit courses including English and Math
  • Prepare for Maturity Credits and School-to-Work Training
  • Learn how to learn again ‒ as an adult; Build confidence in reading, writing and math skills
  • *E-learning options and other technology as an educational tool (if you choose)
  • Free bus tickets and assistance for child care costs for eligible students
    If schools must close due to public health orders, Core Essentials will continue to be offered through at-home learning with instructor support. Access to a personal computer is an asset.

Who:

Adults (19+ years)

When:

September ‒ June:
  • Monday ‒ Thursday, plus Fridays in Kitchener
  • Full-time and part-time
  • 8:45am‒11:45am, 12:30pm‒3:00pm

Where:

St. Louis—Kitchener Main Campus

80 Young Street (behind Kitchener City Hall)

St. Louis—Cambridge St. Benedict Campus

50 Saginaw Parkway (off Green Vista Drive, behind St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School)

Ask For:

Core Essentials Program to book an interview with an intake coordinator
(519) 745-1201 ext. 238
or email stlouis@wcdsb.ca


St Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centre

Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB)

School-to-Work Skills Training Programs

→CAMBRIDGE, KITCHENER

https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca

What:

  • Personal Support Worker Certificate Program (PSW) full-time and part-time programs (Kitchener & Cambridge)
  • Culinary Arts Training Program (Kitchener only)
  • Hairstyling & Barber Training Program (Kitchener only)
  • All programs offer in-class instruction, experiential hands-on learning, secondary school elective credits and have minimum 220-hour work placements (315 hours for PSW)
  • Tuition is paid by Ministry of Education funding, additional materials fees apply ($1,300/yr) *Fees subject to change*

If schools must close due to public health orders, Core Essentials will continue to be offered through at-home learning with instructor support. Access to a personal computer is an asset.

Who:

All school to work programs Adults (18+ years)

Instructors are Certified Teachers or Registered Nurses (PSW). ALL have minimum of 5 years industry experience.

Where:

Culinary, Hair, PSW

St. Louis—Kitchener Main Campus
80 Young Street (behind Kitchener City Hall)

PSW Part-Time Day Program ONLY

St. Louis—Fairview Seniors Community
515 Langs Drive, Cambridge

When:

Full-time day, in-class instruction for all programs, class times vary, plus two-month work placement

Culinary Arts (Level I & II Cook Certificate)

Full-time, Monday ‒ Thursday, 8:30am‒3:00pm
Placement times vary

  • February 1, 2021 ‒ May 20, 2021 (Level I in-class, no classes March Break or June to August 2021) / September 2021 – December 2021 (Level II class begins / Co-op placements in January – March 2022)
  • September 2021 ‒ May 2022 (Level I & II in-class / no classes Holiday or March Break Co-op placements in June & July 2022)
Hairstyling & Barbering

Full-time, Monday ‒ Friday, 8:45am-3:30pm
Placement times vary

  • January 4, 2021 ‒ June 25, 2021 (Level I
    & II in-class / no classes March Break / Co-op placements July & August 2021)
  • April 6, 2021 ‒ November 2021 (Level I
    & II in-class / no classes July & August 2021 / Co-op placements in December 2021 & January 2022)
  • December 2021 ‒ May 2022 (Level I & II
    in-class / no classes Holiday or March Break / Co-op placement June & July 2022)
PSW

Full-time Day, Monday ‒ Friday, 8:45am‒3:30pm

Part-time Day, Tuesday ‒ Thursday & one Monday per month, 8:45am‒3:30pm

Part-time Evening, Tuesday ‒ Thursday & one Monday per month, 4:30pm‒10:00pm

Placement times vary

  • February 24, 2021 ‒ November 2021 in class (no class July ‒ August 2021)
  • September 2020 ‒ April 2021 in class (no classes Holiday or March Break)
  • PSW offers part-time day and evening program options at satellite locations
  • No classes or placements in July & August, work placement days and times may vary
Registration

Intake / Registration sessions for Culinary, Hair & PSW offered throughout the year. Visit website for upcoming dates and processes for virtual or in-person registration.

Ask For:

Information about the specific program
email: stlouis@wcdsb.ca or

Hair/Culinary—(519) 745-1201 ext. 201

PSW—(519) 745-1201 ext. 288


Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB)

Secondary School Credit, Night School, Continuing Education

→CAMBRIDGE, KITCHENER, RURAL WATERLOO REGION, WATERLOO

https://schools.wrdsb.ca/continuing-education/

What:

  • Grade 11 and Grade 12 credit courses in English, science, math and social science
  • Teacher directed, in class courses

Who:

Adults and secondary school students

When:

Please check our website or contact our office for current offerings

Where:

Please check our website or contact our office for current locations

Ask For:

Staff—(519) 885-0800


Wellington County Learning Centre

Wellington County Learning Centre

→RURAL WELLINGTON

www.thewclc.ca

What:

  • Trades Helper program (NEW)
  • 1 to 1 tutoring in rural Dufferin County
  • Digital Literacy (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
  • GED Prep
  • Just for YOUth after school 1 to 1 tutoring program
  • Math and Reading groups for age 6‒12 years
  • Essential skills program for young adults 16‒22 years, not in school (February ‒ March only)
  • Financial Literacy (Spring and Fall 2020)
  • Safe Food Handling training with certificate (Winter and Summer 2020)
  • Circles Wellington County
  • Cashier Training

Who:

Adults (19+ years), Youth (16‒22 years), Children (6‒12 years)

When:

GED Prep

Monday ‒ Thursday at 9:00am‒4:30pm (please call if you require a meeting outside of these hours)

* GED Prep assessments on Saturdays by appointment only

Essential Skills for Employment and 1 to 1 Tutoring

Monday ‒ Thursday at 9:00am‒4:30pm
Programs designed to fit your specific needs

Just For YOUth program

Various evening times. Homework help;
Literacy and Numeracy assessments; Career/education searching and development for young adults with little to no direction.

Short Term Programs

Safe food handling and Financial Literacy are available when there is a group of 4 or more adults. Call the Learning Centre to register or create your own group and we will run the program just for your group!

Circles Program

Wednesday evenings 5:00pm‒7:30pm
* please phone to learn more about this program and the application process

Learning Centre Hours

Monday ‒ Thursday at 9:00am‒4:30pm Friday at 9:00am‒12:00pm

Where:

Arthur—207A George Street (P.O. Box 256)
(transportation available for adults to and from office)

Ask For:

Elizabeth Debergh—Executive Director
Pat Belding—Adult Co-ordinator
Laurie Few—Youth Co-ordinator
Gillian Keays—Circles Coach / Adult Literacy Instructor

(519) 848-3462 or literacy@thewclc.ca