Authors: Goforth Consulting
The "Essential Skills for Successful Transition to Further Training Project" (Essential Skills Project) builds upon a large-scale, ongoing academic upgrading initiative involving Ontario's 24 colleges.
For several years, the CSC has focused on the successful transition of Ontario Basic Skills (OBS) and Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) students to further college training as required by their chosen career path. The primary goal of most students in college academic upgrading programs is postsecondary training.
The CSC conducted an extensive review of the outcomes necessary to ensure the continued access of OBS and LBS college graduates to further college training. This review went beyond merely gaining access to further training. It examined factors that ensured student success at the next stage of training. It also included an examination of the outcomes of those students graduating from the new secondary school curriculum to ensure that graduates of college upgrading programs were able to demonstrate the same outcomes.
The review process contributed to the development of the ACE Program, approved for delivery in July 2004 at all 24 colleges by the Colleges Branch of MTCU. ACE is a Grade 12 Equivalent program. It is the level of programming generally accepted by colleges for admission to college-level, postsecondary programs and apprenticeship.
Civic Engagement Among Aboriginal and New Canadians
Why is it important to have a greater understanding of how Aboriginal Canadians and New Canadians engage in civic life and what their values are? Given current demographic trends, these groups are and will continue to be increasingly important players in the way Canada is growing and changing. During the 1990s, more immigrants came to Canada than in any previous decade. According to Statistics Canada, 18% of Canada's population is foreign-born. On a per capita basis, Canada's yearly intake of immigrants is higher than that of either Australia or the United States. In 2001, 1.8 million people, or 6.2% of our country's population, were immigrants who arrived during the previous decade.
The Aboriginal population is also experiencing very strong growth. In Canada, 3.8% of the population now identify themselves as Aboriginal. Furthermore, in 2001, almost half of the Aboriginal population lived in urban areas (mostly Prairie cities). Finally, one of every three Aboriginal Canadians is under the age of 14. This emerging generation is particularly prominent in Manitoba and Saskatchewan where one of every four children is Aboriginal.
Encouraging the next generation of Canadians to take on leadership roles in this country is a challenge for decision-makers who eventually must "pass the torch".
Women and the Impact of Microtechnology
Authors: Jacqueline Pelletier
This is a report on a conference held in September of 1981 to address questions such as: What is happening to women in the technological revolution? Are they benefiting from progress, or are they victimized by it? Are female workers moving toward new jobs, or are their present qualifications becoming useless? What is the role of women in decision-making processes at various levels, local as well as international?
The Conference was sponsored by three national organizations, the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), the Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women (CCLOW), and the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC). The conference was structured around five distinct themes: Changing Employment Patterns; Health and Safety; Education; Training and Retraining; Information Access and Control.
Part I - Essential Skills & Employability Skills, Part II - PLAR
The Workplace Education Manitoba Steering Committee (WEMSC) funded a project to develop and pilot an entry-level curriculum for essential skills and employability skills for heavy equipment operators (HEOs) and skilled labourers. This report discusses the program development, participant selection, pilot deliveries, project evaluation, and recommendations for future application with prior learning strategies.
Authors: Leela Viswanathan
This report was prepared for the Toronto Training Board, an independent, non-profit corporation governed by a board of directors representing business, labour, women, persons with disabilities, visible/racial minorities, Francophones and educators/trainers.
The author assesses the impact of the Skills Development Employment Benefit (SDEB) and suggests that it would be worthwhile to compare the SDEB with funding programs for training used in other countries.
Series: Learning Disabilities Training
Authors: Literacy Link South Central
In this project, research was carried out on the topic of learning disabilities to complement the Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program (Ontario) and provide practitioners and administrators with advanced level information on learning disabilities.
The objectives of this project were:
•To conduct high quality, advanced research on learning disabilities as they relate to Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) learners (Ontario).
•To develop five modules of training on learning disabilities.
•To produce five online training sessions for adult literacy practitioners.
•To make information on learning disabilities accessible to a wide variety of individuals and organizations.
•To explore sharing information and training modules from this project with adult education course deliverers.
Conference Proceedings Report - 2008
Authors: Laubach Literacy Ontario (LLO)
This is a report of the proceedings of the Laubach Literacy Ontario Training, Development and Networking Conference held in June 2008. The goal of this conference was to increase the management strength and organizational capacity of conference participants to achieve Employment Ontario objectives, by increasing knowledge, awareness and understanding, and providing networking opportunities. The conference included 25 workshops with topics that ranged from literacy-related subjects such as learning with technology, CIPMS, Essential Skills and English as a Second Language, to life skills and job skills such as problem-solving, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and managing conflict in the workplace.
This Conference Proceedings Report has been created to help build the capacity to achieve EO objectives for those literacy practitioners unable to attend the conference, and to provide the literacy field with information about potential presenters and workshops for future training events.
Authors: Darlene Brown
The following internal document is Phase I of the Quebec Literacy Alliance's (QLA) Needs Assessment: Linking Literacy Providers. This qualitative report identifies the expressed training needs of the QLA membership surveyed across the province April through June 1998.
LLC-Q/LVQ has strived to create a resource directory that reflects prevention activities and initiatives in the Quebec English literacy community.
Many of the organizations listed have adult literacy as their mandate, and have many activities to achieve that end. The scope of this directory is to list only the prevention initiatives. LLC-Q/LVQ has not evaluated any of these activities. Instead, we leave this up to you as you assess your needs.
The information printed was provided by the individual organizations that responded to our questionnaire. Information was collected and cross-referenced through web searches, brochures, questionnaires and follow-up telephone conversations to verify and clarify information. Every effort was made to be accurate.
We sincerely apologize for any errors or omissions.
It is our hope that the resources listed here will serve as a starting point to steer people in the right direction to find the resources they need in the area of prevention.
Authors: Tracy Westell
This literature review on measuring non-academic outcomes in adult literacy programs is meant to provide information and, possibly, direction for the research team involved in a project to measure non-academic outcomes in learners from community based programs in Ontario.
The author has gathered over 100 references related to this topic, some of which are very relevant and some of which are only peripherally so.