Submitted by BC Gov Communications

Two adult literacy projects in Valemount and one project in McBride have received $49,188 in combined funding from the provincial government to help learners improve their reading and writing skills.

The Valemount Adult Literacy program, a project between the College of New Caledonia (CNC) and the Valemount Learning Society, is receiving $17,600. The Family Literacy in Valemount program, a project between CNC and the Community Basin Alliance for Literacy, is receiving $10,814. The McBride Adult Literacy Program, a project between CNC and the Robson Valley Support Society, is receiving $20,774.

The funding comes from the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP), an initiative that distributes funding to not-for-profits to offer free literacy training in schools, and community centres.

Each non-profit that delivers a CALP project partners with a post-secondary institution. The program is meant to encourage the transition of adult learners from literacy programs to post-secondary studies and employment training.

Projects are tailored to suit the needs of young parents, Aboriginal learners, and other adults, and are delivered by trained volunteers one-to-one or in small groups.

This year approx. $2.4 M is going towards 83 CALP projects in 90 B.C. communities. It is expected to reach 9,000 adult learners.