BOW VALLEY LEARNING COUNCIL – BRIDGES FOR RURAL IMMIGRANTS
A pilot series of videoconference sessions, ‘Bridges for Rural Immigrants’ has been developed and delivered in partnership with Bow Valley College and the Hanna Learning Centre. The pilot project tested the development and delivery of English language programs to rural and remote areas using a videoconferencing platform and the SuperNet/Internet.
The goal of the project is to establish a community based partnership and a delivery model that is transferable to rural or remote areas with compatible technological supports. The project addresses local and regional needs related to access to learning, low class numbers, lack of transport, lack of LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) funding for participants and high course fees. The main instructor was in Calgary and the remote sites all had a facilitator present in the class. The pilot was aimed at learners in the Canadian Language Benchmarks 5/6 range (high intermediate). It was a part-time offering delivered from Bow Valley College (north campus in Calgary) to several rural sites in Alberta.