PRINCE GEORGE – A local adult literacy project, the Learning Circle Literacy Program, has received $32,000 from the provincial government to help learners improve their reading and writing skills.

The project is a collaboration between the Prince George Native Friendship Centre and College of New Caledonia.

CNC is also partnering with three additional literacy projects in the Robson Valley. The McBride Adult Literacy Program, a project between CNC and the Robson Valley Support Society, is receiving $20,774. The Family Literacy in Valemount program, a project between CNC and the Community Basin Alliance for Literacy, is receiving $10,814. The Valemount Adult Literacy Program, a project between CNC and the Valemount Learning Society, is receiving $17,600.

All of the projects are being supported through the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP), an initiative that distributes funding to not-for-profit community groups to offer free literacy training that is easily accessible in local schools, native friendship and community centres.

“Literacy develops confidence within people,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “This program, a collaboration between community groups, post-secondary institutions, and the government, contributes to the improved daily life of our citizens and their families.”

‎”Improving literacy skills helps people gain access to a wider range of training and job opportunities,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “All of these programs provide invaluable training that helps adults adapt to the growing demands of a changing workplace and take control of their future.”

Each community organization that delivers a CALP project, such as the Prince George Native Friendship Centre, partners with a public post-secondary institution in their region. These partnerships encourage the transition of adult learners from literacy programs to post-secondary studies and employment training.

Projects are tailored to suit the needs of young parents, Aboriginal learners, and other adults in the community, and are delivered by trained volunteers offering one-to-one tutoring or small group classes.

This year approximately $2.4 million is being distributed towards 83 CALP projects in 90 communities throughout B.C. It is expected 9,000 adult learners will be helped through the projects.

Since 2001, the provincial government has invested more than $25 million in CALP, helping more than 93,000 adults improve their readin