By Mel Newcombe
Cariboo-Chilcotin Partners for Literacy Society (CCPL) was very pleased to receive funding from the provincial government again this year for the Community Adult Literacy Programs (CALP).
The CCPL received $64,000 for programs in 100 Mile House. The funding will be divided between family and aboriginal programs and Partner Assisted Learning (PAL).
The PAL program helps adult learners reach their learning goals through one-to-one or group tutoring. Outreach services offer help with computers and with understanding documents and forms. All of the programs are free.
For more than 17 years, CCPL members have been committed to providing support to adult learners and their families. Part of CCPL’s goal and the PAL program are to reach adult learners who have struggled with their literacy skills and help them achieve their learning goals.
Many adults left school early or did not graduate and now find themselves needing to upgrade their skills in order to find and secure meaningful employment. CCPL programs offer many ways that adults can achieve their learning goals.
Every Monday, except statutory holidays, CCPL hosts an Open Learning Cafe at Suite #001-475 Birch Ave., 100 Mile House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cafe is free and is open to all adults. The CCPL provides a comfortable space, learning materials, readers, workbooks and computers to use while attending the cafe.
Other programs in 100 Mile House provide one-to-one support by a trained staff member or a community volunteer. Learners may want to learn a new computer skill or get help with filling out forms, or a learner might like to complete their high school graduation or prepare for college courses. The CCPL supports all types of learning goals.
If you would like to learn more about CCPL, our free programs and services, or become a volunteer please, contact the writer at 250-945-4199, or Lory Rochon at 250-395-0655.
Mel Newcombe is a literacy support worker.