Northeast B.C. adult literacy programs receive provincial funding boost

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northeast B.C. literacy programs have received part of a $2.9 million investment from th…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northeast B.C. literacy programs have received part of a $2.9 million investment from the province.

Organizations benefiting from the funding include literacy societies in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and Fort Nelson.

The funding will go towards adult, family, and Indigenous-focused programs designed to help people gain skills in reading, writing, math and digital literacy.

“It is never too late to develop literacy skills, and the skills gained can change lives in so many ways. Adult literacy programs are an investment in an individual that impacts whole communities,” said Margaret Sutherland, executive director, Decoda Literacy Solutions.

The support will fund 97 free programs, delivered by 66 organizations in 128 communities throughout the province. Literacy programming typically includes one-on-one tutoring and small-group instruction, says to the province.

“The everyday impact of building literacy on our communities will be felt for generations. Literacy and numeracy programs help people fill out application forms, understand health information, help kids with their homework, establish household budgets, and read and understand labels,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

“It goes beyond that, too. For many adult learners, literacy programs are an important first step in an educational journey to post-secondary studies as they work toward career and life goals for themselves and their families.”

Northern Lights College is offering the following programs through community literacy providers:

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