NEWS December 3, 2015
Ontario will invest up to $9 million over the next three years to help more adult learners across the province get the high school education they need to succeed and be part of a skilled workforce.
Close to 800,000 adults in Ontario do not have a high school diploma. Currently, an estimated 44,000 adult learners with diverse needs are enrolled in Ministry of Education adult education programs across the province.
To help ensure that adult learners have access to the same high quality programs and services, regardless of where they live, the new funding will help school boards:
Helping adult learners succeed is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan.
“We want adult learners in every region of the province to have access to consistent, high quality adult education programs and services. Our Adult Education Strategy will help school boards and their partners find new and innovative ways to deliver flexible and responsive programs and services that accommodate the diverse needs of today’s adult learner.”
— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education
“I was so pleased to lead regional consultations with school boards and adult education stakeholders earlier this year to hear first-hand about the need to build on our successes and work together as we make improvements in key areas of adult education programs through the Adult Education Strategy.”
— Grant Crack, MPP for Glengarry Prescott Russell
“We applaud Ontario’s support of adult education in our province. The job market is constantly changing, and for our province to stay competitive, we need to help more adult learners achieve their goals and be part of a skilled and educated workforce.”
— Bernadette Beaupré, Executive Director, The Ontario Association of Adult & Continuing Education School Board Administrators
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