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Adult Foundational Programs

Are you an adult (18+)  interested in returning to learning to build your basic skills and confidence?
Are you a friend, family, or community agency staff hoping to refer someone you know to a program that aligns with their foundational learning needs? 
See the programs that Calgary Learns currently funds by clicking on the categories listed below.


Adult Literacy

  • Adult LiteracySAIT
    A Foundational Adult Learning Program (FALP) course that will provide academic upgrading (grade six to nine) to strengthen reading and writing English. This course removes learning and financial barriers to education for foundational learners to access high school upgrading courses and a pathway to post-secondary.
  • Community Access to Literacy LearningCanLearn Society
    A program for native English speaking adult learners with reading and writing skills below the grade 9 level who want to develop foundational skills for better work opportunities and to feel more confident in their everyday life.
    For more information, please visit https://www.canlearnsociety.ca/literacy
  • Learning UnlockedCanLearn Society
    A series of foundational courses to  support adult learners to engage in learning, improve their basic literacy skills and develop their confidence to move forward in life.
    For more information, please visit https://www.canlearnsociety.ca/
  • Literacy and Learning Program (LLP)Calgary John Howard Society
    A foundational reading and writing skills program for adults who have had, or are at risk of having, criminal justice involvement.
    For more information, please visit https://www.cjhs.ca/
  • Reading & Writing CirclesFurther Education Society of Alberta (FESA)
    A program for adult learners to build foundational reading and writing skills relevant to their daily lives through reflective individual and creative group activities.
    For more information, please visit https://www.furthered.ca/program-information
  • Write On – The Alex – Write On
    A  program supporting adult learners facing multiple barriers to improve foundational skills in reading and writing, enhance self-esteem, and develop system navigation and advocacy skills.
    For more information, please visit https://thealex.ca/ 

Basic Digital Skills

  • Basic Digital Literacy Skills – Agapé
    A program developed  for ESL learners to equip them  with the basic skills to become comfortable and confident using computers.
    For more information, please visit https://agapelanguagecentre.com/programs 
  • Basic Digital Skills – Calgary John Howard Society (CJHS)
    A program providing individual tutoring and small group learning in essential computer skills to adults who have had, or are at risk of having, criminal justice involvement.
    For more information, please visit https://www.cjhs.ca/employment-and-education-workshops-now-delivered-online/
  • Computer Access for Literacy Learners – The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
    A program offering foundational digital literacy classes to unemployed newcomers and Canadian adults who have low English language proficiency levels and face other barriers.
    For more information, please visit https://www.immigrant-education.ca/programs/language/computer-access-literacy-learners/
  • Computer Training for Integration for Refugees – Calgary Catholic Immigrant Society (CCIS)
    A program geared to supporting refugees facing complex and multiple barriers to learn foundational computer skills and life skills in Amharic, Tigrinya, Arabic and Kurmanji.
    For more information, please visit https://www.ccisab.ca/services/services-for/refugees.html
  • Increasing Digital Literacy/Volunteer Project – Prospect
    A program that will support people to improve their practical  digital literacy skills and level of comfort with technology. Learners will be paired with a volunteer tutor who will support them to improve their knowledge and skills, and accomplish individual goals they define for themselves.

Community Capacity Building

  • Bursary Program – Deaf and Hear Alberta (DHA)
    A bursary program to support learners who face financial barriers to access DHA ASL programs and Speechreading classes due to personal hearing loss or  where one or more family members are deaf and who communicate in American Sign Language.
    For more information, please visit https://deafandhearalberta.ca
  • Employment and Life Skills – Making Changes
    A program for immigrant women to support them in planning for their future in Canada; specifically, the program aims to increase their personal power and aid them in finding employment, education and volunteering opportunities.
    For more information, please visit https://www.makingchangesassociation.ca/programs
  • Family Life Education – Families Matter
    A program for adults (age 18+) to support parents build family resiliency by strengthening fundamental competencies related to positive parenting;  childcare is offered wherever possible in conjunction with the courses.
    For more information, please visit https://www.familiesmatter.ca/faq/
  • First steps in financial literacy – Further Education Society of Alberta (FESA) 
    A program to help adults increase their comfort level with basic money management.
    For more information, please visit https://www.furthered.ca/
  • Learning Enhanced Employment Program (LEEP) – Calgary John Howard Society (CJHS)
    An employment preparation and training program for adults who have had, or are at risk of having, criminal justice involvement, focusing on developing skills needed to obtain and maintain employment, and with opportunities to obtain industry certification tickets.
    For more information, please visit https://www.cjhs.ca/our-programs/adult-programs/employment-and-education/
  • Money Matters – Momentum
    A program that partners with agencies to deliver Momentum’s Money Matters (MM$) to their participants who are living with mental health and/or addiction challenges. Participants are supported to achieve financial independence through financial education workshops and one-to-one support for participants who are building capacity to manage their finances.
    For more information, please visit https://momentum.org/programs-services/manage-your-money/money-matters/
  • Never Too Late (GED) – Kindred (formerly Catholic Family Service)
    A program providing academic, social and emotional support to adult learners facing multiple barriers who are seeking to complete their GED, an Alberta Education High School Equivalency Diploma, in a trauma-informed learning environment. 
    For more information, please visit https://www.cfs-ab.org/what-we-do/success-in-school/never-too-late-program/ 
  • New Beginnings Parenting After Violence – Further Education Society of Alberta (FESA)
    A program that  aims to increase confidence levels and literacy skills of parents and children affected by family violence.
    For more information, please visit https://www.furthered.ca/
  • Pre-employment Program (PEP) – The Alex 
    A program supporting adults who require foundational learning supports as they prepare for employment, volunteering, or returning to school. Program components include class work, one-on-one supports, certifications, work experience, and community supports.
    For more information, please visit https://thealex.ca/ 

Disability

  • Foundational Literacy Program – Prospect Human Services
    A foundational program for  adult learners who have a developmental disability and qualify for PDD funding. This reading and writing focused program is designed to improve literacy levels based on learner needs and goals.
    For more information, please visit https://www.prospectnow.ca/
  • Gateway to Digital Inclusion Program – Gateway Association 
    A program to support adults with disabilities as they navigate an increasingly digital world;  Level 1 learners will learn basic skills to navigate in a digital world and gain comfort in using technology, and Level 2 learners will focus on transferable skills, to build capacity, in digital storytelling, work simulation, and digital citizenship.
    For more information, please visit https://gatewayassociation.ca/
  • Pre Employment Computer Literacy Level 2 Initiative – Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre of Calgary (DDRC)
    An initiative which will design  and deliver the next step of programming for adults with disabilities who wish to build on the skills they developed in the Basic- Pre-Employment Computer Literacy Course Level 1, or who have existing computer skills beyond the Level 1 introductory course.
    For more information, please visit https://ddrc.ca/ourprograms/

English Language Learning

  • Biliteracy Learning in Action (Phase 3) – CanLearn Society
    Phase III of the Biliteracy Learning with ESL Literacy Learners is intended to enable the project team to convert this project from an exploratory initiative to a program based on research and findings from the reflective practice model. Phase III includes biliteracy instruction and professional development workshops, and development of a multimodal teacher development resource.
  • Everyday English for Seniors – Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA)
    A program focused on enhancing English oral and written skills that enable immigrant seniors to become more confident and actively participate in their integration process in Canada.
    For more information, please visit https://www.ciwa-online.com/client-services/language-training-and-childcare-services.html
  • Learning First Language Reading and Writing Skills – Centre for Newcomers
    A program supporting unique learners from two target languages, Tigrinya and Arabic, to learn foundational reading and writing skills in their specific first language and English in a small group.  Classroom content and instructional techniques will be shaped by learners’ expressed needs during intake and in the classroom, and will reflect the resources and techniques already tested by CanLearn’s bi-literacy project.
  • Pebbles in the Sand – Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA)
    A program supporting immigrant and refugee women to learn to read and write; Pebbles in the Sand is specifically for women whose first language is other than English, have very low literacy skills (0-7 years of formal education in their home countries), and who face multiple learning barriers.
    For more information, please visit https://www.ciwa-online.com/client-services/language-training-and-childcare-services/pebbles-in-the-sand-esl-literacy-for-women-and-children.html
  • Reading Room – The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
    A foundational tutoring program providing one to one reading instruction for ESL learners who have had little education in their home countries, may have a learning disability, or need extra help in class.
    For more information please visit https://www.immigrant-education.ca/programs/language/reading-room/
  • Stepping Stones – Diversecities
    A bilingual English as a Second Language program that utilizes the learner’s mother tongue in conjunction with English instruction when teaching learners facing multiple barriers who have CLB two or lower.
    For more information, please visit https://www.diversecities.org/learning

Indigenous

  • Blackfoot Language and Literacy ProgramElizabeth Fry
    A program that supports learning of the language of the territory (Blackfoot). Through the use of oral teachings, interactive learning, traditional stories of the territory, and cultural teachings, learners gain both the skill of learning the language and the cultural knowledge that empowers one’s own cultural identity.
    For more information, please visit https://elizabethfrycalgary.ca/
  • Indigenous Peer Mentorship Digital Literacy PilotSAIT
    A program for Indigenous learners from  SAIT’s Academic Upgrading Indigenous Program (AUIP) who are moving into their accepted SAIT program. Learners will participate in peer-to-peer mentorship to learn computer basics, file and email management and other foundational digital literacy skills, to help ensure their success in the post-secondary environment.
  • Indigenous Workplace Wellness CircleAboriginal Futures
    A program supporting urban Indigenous adult participants to gain confidence, learn essential skills, better their communication skills and set solid career & employment goals. Indigenous literacy methods and cultural processes are woven into the workshops, and learners engage in industry recognized safety ticket certifications, learning workplace protocols and job readiness preparation skills to equip them to reach self-sufficiency in finding and maintaining employment.
    For more information, please visit https://aboriginalfutures.com/indigenous-workplace-wellness-circle-2/ 
  • Knowledge to Move Our Lives Forward ProgramCloser to Home
    A program creating opportunities for participants to be in a learning relationship with Elders/Knowledge Keepers through ceremony, language and traditional teachings and which supports Indigenous learning that is life-long, holistic and within the context of culture and relationships. The program is grounded in the knowledge that healing and resilience create readiness to develop the ‘skills for learning’.
    For more information, please visit Indigenous Services and Supports | Closer to Home Community Services
  • Sage: Emotional Wellness ProgramElizabeth Fry
    A program designed to support Indigenous women who have had, or are at risk of having, criminal justice involvement to  gain confidence, learn essential skills, better their communication skills and set solid career & employment goals.
    For more information, please visit https://elizabethfrycalgary.ca/programs/sage/ 

Numeracy

  • Basic Math – CanLearn Society
    A program that supports adult learners to strengthen and develop numeracy as a life skill and as a stepping stone to further learning through small group or one-on-one learning sessions.
    For more information, please visit https://www.canlearnsociety.ca/
  • Numeracy – SAIT
    A Foundational Adult Learning Program (FALP) Math course that will provide numeracy skills required for students to access high school upgrading courses and a pathway to post-secondary education. 

Skills for Learning

  • Community Drama Programs – Inside Out Theatre
    Programs that use theatre-based learning activities to empower adults with disabilities  to develop knowledge and skills for learning that can be applied to employment, daily life and personal growth.
    For more information, please visit https://www.insideouttheatre.com/
  • Foundational Life Skills Program – Carya
    Two programs, The Strengths Cafe and a Time to Grow, support adults who face complex barriers, to strengthen, develop and apply foundational life skills, with a focus on topics that are relevant to their lives.
    For more information, please visit https://caryacalgary.ca/our-programs/family-support/bowmont-families-together/
  • Treatment, Knowledge, Opportunity (TKO) – Calgary John Howard Society (CJHS)
    A program addressing foundational life skills and practical topics relevant for registered adult men housed at the Calgary Remand Centre (CRC), and whose goals of reintegrating into the community are exacerbated by challenges such as addiction, mental health, homelessness, poverty, and low literacy.
    For more information, please visit https://www.cjhs.ca