Community Adult Learning Councils address the part-time, non-credit learning needs of adults within specified geographic boundaries.
Currently 83 in number, these unique councils consist of representatives of the local community who work together to meet the program goals:
|•||To improve the accessibility of learning opportunities in Alberta’s communities, especially for those individuals with special needs or barriers to learning.|
|•||To provide opportunities for Albertans to acquire important foundational skills such as literacy and English as a Second Language.|
|•||To address education, training and learning gaps in Alberta’s communities.|
|•||To mobilize community volunteers and other resources in support of learning.|
|•||To contribute to solving individual and community problems through learning initiatives, in coordination and cooperation with related organizations.|
In 2001, Community Adult Learning Councils across the province offered over 5,200 non-credit learning opportunities to almost 76,000 adult learners! Are Community Adult Learning Councils new?
Not at all. Recognizing the need to address the problem of regional differences in the provision of educational opportunities for adults, the Alberta government initiated a widespread process of public consultation concerning adult education in the early 70’s. The announcement of the Further Education Policy, Guidelines and Procedures, in April 1975, was the outcome of that process and officially established the Further Education Council system. Subsequent consultations throughout Alberta led to the development of the Community Adult Learning Program, to replace the Further Education Program, in July 1994.
History of Community Adult Learning Councils
|•||Alberta government issued a Further Education Policy to establish Further Education Councils across the province.|
|•||Councils mobilized local resources to meet the learning needs of adults in their communities.|
|•||Volunteer tutor literacy programs began to be established by councils to provide a stable literacy service in Alberta communities.|
|•||The “Further Education Program” was renamed the “Community Adult Learning Program”, affirming the vital role of the community in adult learning activities in Alberta.|
|•||Family Literacy projects were initiated with the establishment of Alberta Learning’s Family Literacy Project Fund.|
|•||Rural Access Programs were also initiated with new funding from Alberta Learning.|
|•||Policy was revised to align the Community Adult Learning Program with emerging trends in the supply of and demand for adult learning opportunities in Alberta.|
|•||Alberta citizens have developed a strong commitment to community adult learning initiatives. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of adults in Alberta have accessed opportunities. As a result, Alberta’s participation rate in adult learning activities is among the highest in Canada.|
|•||Eighty-three Community Adult Learning Councils in Alberta provided over 5,200 non-credit courses to almost 76,000 adult learners!|
|•||Seventy-one Volunteer Tutor Adult Literacy programs were offered across the province.|