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Montreal Families

Organization offers continuing education and referral services to adults

The Fondation pour l’alphabétisation (Literacy Foundation) recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Adult Learnline service. This Quebec Government initiative offers adults educational help and referral services to the best training opportunities throughout Quebec.

Using the foundation’s online request form, users input the type of training they are looking for — whether that’s language courses, secondary and vocational training, college and university training, continuing education, or information on financial assistance.

Someone seeking resources on continuing education can choose to look for training in Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Introduction to computer, or another subject. Those wishing to learn French or improve their knowledge of the language can choose to specify courses in writing and conversation, courses to upgrade their French, or government Francisation courses for immigrants. And because the educational system is not always easy to navigate, the program can also give referrals for help with homework, learning disorders, and comparative equivalencies of foreign diplomas.

The bilingual and confidential service lists all training locations in the public, private and community sectors for all regions of the province, and is accessible at all times.

Since its inception, more than 70,000 people have received help, and requests for support are on the rise amid the current economic situation and labour shortage. André Huberdeau, president of the Literacy Foundation’s administrative council, is pleased to see the program improving people’s productivity and well-being, and helping people grow professionally and personally.

The program is accessed by a variety of users: individuals wanting to finish a degree, those looking to advance their education, immigrants needing support with language lessons, and employers looking for training opportunities for their personnel.

The Adult Learnline service can be reached free of charge through the infoapprendre.org website, or by telephone at 1-888-488-3888.

About the Literacy Foundation

Founded in 1989, the Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to support children and adults in developing and maintaining their ability to read and learn, and to promote their well-being and their full participation in society. In addition to the Adult Learnline service, since 1999 the Foundation has offered The Gift of Reading program to make reading accessible to underprivileged children up to the age of 12. Since the start of this program, almost one million new books have been gifted to children’s schools, early childhood centres and daycares, and community groups. Individuals, community organizations, and businesses can organize a book collection or make a donation to help fund the program.

To learn more about the Foundation and its services, visit fondationalphabetisation.org

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