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Investments Ensure Access to Literacy Supports, Skill Development: Reyes

The Manitoba government is investing $221,000 in funding grants for 21 technology and equipment projects at adult learning centres across Manitoba, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Jon Reyes announced today, marking Family Literacy Day in Manitoba.

“The pandemic continues to impact how Manitobans of all ages learn and this funding will enable technology and equipment updates that are necessary to support the increased need for remote learning,” said Reyes. “These investments will ensure adult learners have access to literacy supports, which have been shown to help entire families read and engage in other literacy-related activities as a family.”

Adult learning centres support a diverse population of adult learners, including Indigenous, newcomer and francophone learners, by providing opportunities to earn the necessary skills and credentials to participate in post-secondary education or the workforce, noted the minister. There are 39 adult learning centres operating 86 service locations in urban, rural and northern communities throughout Manitoba.

“The Aboriginal Community Campus is excited and thankful to receive a technology grant from the Manitoba government,” said Heather McCormick, director of education and training at the Aboriginal Community Campus, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources Development. “This grant will help us develop our technology capabilities, allowing us to improve our instructional platform for our students. Especially during these trying times of COVID, having access to technology supports really helps us to remain connected and engaged with our students. The technology grant also helps us provide our instructors with new tools to create new learning opportunities for their students.”

The minister noted the need to adapt to remote and blended learning during the pandemic has increased the need for technology and equipment updates over the past two years. The funding announced today will allow adult learning centres to invest in the technology and equipment needed to provide appropriate instruction to adult learners, such as software and computers.

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