Adult Learners Ready for More Education, Workplace

Department of Education (to March 26, 2013)

June 26, 2007 9:56 AM

Miranda Lynn Landry is one of 115 adults in the Chignecto school board area who is closer to a better career, thanks to her hard work and support from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning.

This year, 450 adult learners from across Nova Scotia will graduate with a high school diploma. Ms. Landry is one of those graduates.

The 30-year-old plans to continue her education at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) this fall in the business administration program.

"I didn't finish high school because I thought working was more important," said Ms. Landry, an Amherst resident. "Now I know that going back to school was beneficial for me, and my family. I plan to continue my education."

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. This year, 115 Nova Scotia adults will graduate in the Colchester and Pictou counties area ies). Sixty-one have already graduated through the Nova Scotia Community College and 54 will graduate from programs offered through community education and partnerships of the Chignecto Central 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 Scotian 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 literacy skills or earn a high school diploma. Programs are tuition-free and offered at more than 150 sites across the province in partnership with NSCC, regional school boards, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations.

"The success of this program is a result of the collective commitment of the school board, the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning and dedicated staff and students," said Coleen Davidson, co-ordinator of community education and partnerships. "Those who graduate contribute greatly to their families and communities."

Ms. Landry will receive her diploma at the graduation ceremony for the Chignecto Central Regional School Board on Wednesday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. at First United Church, 711 Prince St., Truro.


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     Four hundred and fifty adult learners are graduating across

the province this year with a high school graduation diploma.

     One hundred and fifteen will graduate from programs in the

Colchester and Pictou counties 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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