Literacy Ontario Central South
Literacy Ontario Central South (LOCS) is located in Peterborough, Ontario. Our region includes City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough and Hastings Counties. LOCS supports and promotes the work of adult training programs in each of these five areas.
LOCS recognizes that we are based in Nogojiwanong, also known as Peterborough. We remember that we are on the traditional Michi Saagiig Anishnaabeg Territory, part of the land covered by Treaty #20. We are grateful to the First Peoples for their care for and teachings about the land and our relations – we have so much more to learn! Our work takes place on traditional Indigenous territories across the region and the province. We acknowledge the 46 treaties and other agreements that cover the territory now called Ontario. We are thankful to the First Nations, Inuit and Metis people who have cared for these territories and who continue to contribute to the strength of Ontario and to all communities across the province. We are honoured to collaborate with Indigenous programs, learners, and partners throughout Ontario, including the Peterborough Native Learning Program.
LOCS works with Employment Services and other community partners to identify training needs and gaps. Together we also develop solutions. We support our learners and clients so they can reach their work and employment goals. Adult training programs play an important role in building a stronger community and a stronger economy.
LOCS is part of a larger provincial community. We are one of 16 Regional Networks in Ontario that make up the Learning Networks of Ontario.
- builds community connections and relationships with our partners,
- helps people connect with programs in their community,
- promotes the importance of life-long learning,
- finds and creates resources to support our training programs and
- offers training for practitioners and partners.
To support the provision of quality adult education and skills development services that are innovative, collaborative and responsive to identified needs in Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough and Hastings counties & the City of Kawartha Lakes.
To ensure all adult learners have access to the literacy and essential skills training needed to prosper and lead a fulfilling life.
Leadership: LOCS strives to be a champion for adult literacy in our region, providing quality, trusted service and support to Ontario’s Employment and Training Network as well as expanded community partners in all five LOCS counties. LOCS believes in candid dialogue, informed decision making, courageous leadership and continuous improvement. We support, promote and strengthen adult literacy services through communication, research and public education.
Client Orientation: We place the needs of adult literacy learners first in everything we do. We believe that all adult learners should have access to relevant opportunities to enhance their lives through lifelong learning.
Teamwork: We listen to and collaborate with our literacy partners, ensuring that any service they offer is relevant to a community’s needs and expectations. We believe teamwork leverages our individual strengths.