Adult Learners Ready for More Education, Workplace

Department of Education (to March 26, 2013)

June 26, 2007 9:54 AM

Brian Smith is one of 76 adults in the Sydney area who is closer to a better career, thanks to his hard work and support from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning.

This year, 450 adult learners in Nova Scotia will graduate with their high school diploma.

Mr. Smith is one of those graduates. The 19-year-old plans to attend Mount Saint Vincent University in the fall to obtain a bachelor of science degree and has dreams of practicing medicine.

"I considered school a waste of time but now realize how important an education is," said Mr. Smith, a Glace Bay resident. "Graduating with my high school diploma will pave the way to a better life."

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is an initiative of the Department of Education. Since its inception in 2001, about 2,400 Nova Scotians of all ages and backgrounds have graduated with a high school graduation diploma for adults.

Thirty-seven people in the Sydney area have already graduated through the Nova Scotia Community College and 39 will graduate from programs offered through Community Education, Cape Breton Regional School Board.

"The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is meeting an important need in our province," said Karen Casey, Minister of Education. "We know that 38 per cent of Nova Scotia adults have low levels of literacy and we are working to change that.

"Literacy skills are not only the key to a better life, they are essential to development of a skilled workforce for our province. I congratulate all the graduates for taking steps to improve their education and career opportunities."

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning co-ordinates a range of education programs for adults who want to improve their literacy skills, or complete their high school diploma. Programs are tuition-free and offered at more than 150 sites across the province in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College, regional school boards, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations.

"All of our graduates have overcome obstacles to reach this important goal," said Heather Patterson, acting facilitator, Community Education. "All are proud of what they have accomplished, graduating with their high school diploma, an opportunity they once thought had passed them by."


Mr. Smith will receive his diploma at the graduation ceremony for the Cape Breton Regional School Board on Tuesday, June 26, 2 p.m. at Breton Education Centre, 667 Eighth St., New Waterford.


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     Four hundred and fifty adult learners are graduating across

the province this year with a high school graduation diploma.

     Seventy-six will graduate from programs in the Sydney

area.

     The graduates have completed programs supported by the Nova

Scotia School for Adult Learning. It co-ordinates education

programs for adults who want to improve their literacy skills or

complete their high school diplomas.

     Education Minister Karen Casey says the program is meeting

an important need and that literacy skills are the key to a

better life. She also says these skills are essential to

development of a skilled workforce for the province.

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