THE EAST HANTS ADULT LEARNING ASSOCIATION IS A NON-PROFIT CHARITABLE VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO ADDRESSING THE LEARNING NEEDS OF ADULTS IN EAST HANTS. THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS, OUR GOAL IS TO PROMOTE, PROVIDE AND FACILITATE LIFE LONG LEARNING FOR THE ENRICHMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY
The most recent census denoted that of those persons surveyed in East Hants thirty percent (approximately 3900 persons) have less than a High School Education. Public demand for action to address this adult high school diploma deficit resulted in the Nova Scotia Department of Education developing a continuum of educational programs targeted to meet the learning needs of adults from basic literacy to high school graduation. The Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma for Adults is a graduation diploma recognizing the recipient as having successfully completed a high school or secondary education program.
A myriad of reasons exist why an adult person desires to return to an educational setting to attain their diploma! Educators would say that, it is to improve their employability, or to assist them in gaining entrance into post-secondary programs in colleges and universities. Attendees can learn new skills or improve existing abilities.
Adults who have returned to education programs provide more personal comments. They say that they become role models for their children or that they can help their kids with homework. Some say that completing even the Level I program has resulted in greater self-esteem, enabling them to overcome anxieties or apprehensions. One very satisfied attendee who could not read or write said, "Now I can read my hunting and fishing magazines."
Spring is the time to start planting and Fall is the time to start Learning. So what are you doing this fall? Have you given any thought to upgrading your computer skills or learning something new? The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board with the Community Education & Partnerships, has put together a fantastic assortment of adult learning adventures.
Do you parents that have kids stuck in front of the family computer most evenings ever wonder how do they do that stuff? Then you may want to enroll in our introductory Computer and Windows program. Maybe you want to improve some skills or learn more about word processing or databases and spreadsheets. We are offering a number of Microsoft programs. For you active seniors who can only find time on Saturday mornings then you are in luck. Two new programs are starting, Surfin’ Seniors and Basics and Beyond.
For those who are looking for some Personal & Professional Development, then check out some of these programs: Basic & Intermediate French, American Sign Language, Creative Writing, Small Business Bookkeeping and Starting a Bed & Breakfast.
Have you thought about taking up a new Leisure Pursuit? Some great programs are being offered, ranging from Tole Painting, to Home Decorating, Quilting and Fall Gardening.
The Fall 2005 Program Guide is available throughout East Hants at most convenience stores, community centres, libraries and of course at the Nova Centre (224 Hwy 214, Elmsdale). If you can't find the brochure and would like more info contact Rob at 883-5376. You can also go online @ www.ccrsb.ednet.ns.ca