A report released on March 21st by Frontier College, prepared in partnership with Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, “is the culmination of a national consultation with policy makers, national and regional literacy associations, services providers, researchers, poverty reduction organizations, and learners involved in literacy programming and poverty reduction programs across Canada.”
“Canadian data indicate that earnings increase in tandem with literacy skills. The difference in earnings is indeed stark; median earnings of individuals with literacy skills at the two highest levels is 70 per cent higher than for individuals with the lowest literacy skills.”
On March 2nd, 2018, 70 service planning partners from the LOCS regional
network came together for a day of networking and learning about new
programs and resources. Partner agencies represented included
• Literacy and Basic Skills
• Regional Literacy Networks
• Employment Services
• Ontario Works
• Ontario Disability Support Program
• East Central Ontario Training Board
• Peterborough Local Employment Planning Council
• Ontario College of Trades
• Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
The emphasis for this year’s regional LSP was networking and the majority of
participants indicated that they had sufficient time (for a change!) to engage
with service partners, and learn about new programs and delivery processes.
Thursday March 1, 8:30-4:30 – Motivational Interviewing, featuring Lisa Ambaye from the Ottawa Carlton Coalition for Literacy – Advanced Motivational Interviewer and Emotional Intelligence Certified Trainer. This workshop is suitable for any agency or staff person working with individuals who are ambivalent about change. MI-PD Flyer3 March1,2018
On October 23rd and 24th, over 100 adult education practitioners, administrators and support networks convened at the Glen House Resort for the second Connecting Excellence in LBS conference (ConEX).
This year, the theme for the conference was numeracy, including presentations on: numeracy learning strategies; what the latest EQAO data is telling us about secondary school math curriculum, and; how to write numeracy tasks.
However, it wasn’t all math all the time and conference attendees also learned about transitioning learners from high school to employment; legal life skills for job seekers; motivational interviewing, and; using gamification motivation in the classroom.
Conference evaluations have indicated a wholehearted appreciation for the conference and the programming that was offered. Thanks to our many presenters and volunteers who made this year’s conference a resounding success!
April 28, 2017 — Peterborough, ON — Literacy Ontario Central South (LOCS) is delighted that the 2017 Ontario Budget provides greater opportunities for Ontarians to train and upgrade their skills and education. The introduction of the Ontario Lifelong Learning and Skills Plan represents a substantial new commitment to adult learners and workers in Ontario.
The 2017 Ontario Budget promises greater investment to “enhance its adult education system, making it more learner-centred by improving pathways and expanding services and programs. … The plan will include an expansion and improvement of the Literacy and Basic Skills program, enhance dual credit opportunities for adults, fund technical and workplace-based skills training pilots, and support Ontario Bridge Training for internationally trained immigrants.”
LOCS congratulates Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne and Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews for their strong leadership in recognizing the value of literacy, numeracy, and digital skills as key elements in building a highly skilled workforce.
LOCS looks forward to working with government staff on expanding and improving the Literacy and Basic Skills program and enhancing the broader adult education system to ensure the we address the increasing demand for accessible, good-quality, and innovative services.
“This is an extraordinary moment for adult learners in Ontario. Through the Ontario Lifelong Learning and Skills Plan there is now a real opportunity to develop a cohesive and robust adult education system that supports learners in meeting their goals,” said Michael Andrews, Executive Director, Literacy Ontario Central South.
“LOCS commends the Government of Ontario on this important action. We also thank all the dedicated and compassionate staff at Literacy and Basic Skills programs whose hard work has built a system that is well-positioned to play a crucial role in this initiative,” said Andrews.
About Literacy Ontario Central South
Literacy Ontario Central South is one of 16 regional literacy networks in Ontario that supports and promotes the work of adult literacy agencies. The LOCS Region includes City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough and Hastings Counties.
LOCS’ mandate is to ensure all adult learners have access to literacy and essential skills training needed to prosper and lead a fulfilling life. 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.