New literacy program in Houston

The Northwest Community College is partnering with Houston Link to Learning to provide a Community Literacy Program.

The Northwest Community College is partnering with Houston Link to Learning to provide a Community Literacy Program.

The B.C. government is giving $31,477 to the Family segment of the program and $22,039 to the Adult segment, said a recent press release.

The funding is part of a $2.4 million investment by the provincial government into the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP) to support projects in 90 communities this fiscal year. It’s anticipated that 9,000 people throughout B.C. will benefit from the funding.

“By improving their reading and writing skills, people gain access to a whole new world of possibilities,” said John Rustad, MLA for Nechako Lakes.

“They benefit not only from a wider range of job opportunities, but also from more educational and leisure options as well.”

Through CALP, local groups collaborate with a public post-secondary institution to deliver literacy training, encouraging transitions from community-based programs to post-secondary studies.

CALP projects focus on the individual goals of adults such as improving their literacy and numeracy skills to enhance the quality of their lives, improve their job prospects, further their education and skills training, strengthen their families and increase their involvement in their communities.

Since 2001, the BC Liberal government has invested more than $23 million in CALP, helping more than 84,000 adults improve their reading and writing skills.