On-line literacy training system will open the door to jobs, learning

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On-line literacy training system will open the door to jobs, learning

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - The AlphaRoute literacy training system will help thousands of people who need to improve their basic literacy skills said Tina Molinari, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and MPP for Thornhill. AlphaRoute will be available to literacy agencies funded by the ministry and their clients.
"AlphaRoute will provide new opportunities for adult literacy learners to use innovative technology to develop the skills they need to compete in today's job market," Molinari said. "Although Ontario's workers have higher levels of postsecondary education than those of other industrialized countries there are still many adults who need literacy training to be competitive in the workplace."
"The Ontario government is committed to helping people make informed decisions about the skills and education they need to achieve their goals. AlphaRoute is an important part of that commitment."
AlphaRoute is a computer-based on-line literacy training system that allows learners to develop their basic skills through increasingly sophisticated learning activities and assignments under the guidance of a mentor. The system is the result of four years of development by the AlphaPlus Centre in Toronto with support from other literacy agencies across the province and financing from the Ontario government and the Federal government.
Over the last four years, the Ontario government has invested more than $900,000 to develop AlphaRoute and its learning activities. When it is fully implemented, the on-line learning system will be accessible from any community in Ontario at any time of the day to provide wide access for learners.
"We're very excited about the potential of AlphaRoute and we want to thank the Ontario and Federal governments for their consistent support of this project," said Onésime Tremblay, Chair of the Board of Directors of the AlphaPlus Centre. "There's a lot of interest in the launch of AlphaRoute, not only in Ontario but across Canada and internationally."
The AlphaPlus Centre serves people and organizations involved in literacy, basic skills and second language training for adults. It has the largest collection of literacy reference material in the world which is available for loan to literacy agencies and individual teachers.

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AlphaRoute on-line literacy system will help
thousands improve literacy skills

AlphaRoute is a computer-based on-line literacy training system that allows learners to develop their basic skills through increasingly sophisticated tests and assignments under the guidance of a mentor. Literacy agencies funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will use the training system to help adult learners improve their literacy skills so they can lead fulfilling lives and be competitive in today's job market.
AlphaRoute was developed by the AlphaPlus Centre with curriculum supplied by Confederation College, Near North District School Board, Thunder Bay Literacy Group, YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington, Wellington County Learning Centre, ABC Communautaire/Péninsule du Niagara, and J'Aime Apprendre, Inc.
Eighty hours of learning activities have been developed for AlphaRoute that will allow adult English-language and Franco-Ontarian literacy learners to proceed at their own pace from basic skills to the equivalent of Grades 8 and 9. Further learning activities are being developed to serve the needs of Deaf and Native learners.
Unlike other computer-based literacy systems, AlphaRoute provides the learner with support from a mentor who will be available to provide advice and encouragement. The mentor will view the learner's on-line portfolio to monitor progress and direct study towards areas that need improvement.
Over the last four years, the Ontario government has invested more than $900,000 to develop AlphaRoute and its learning activities. When it is fully implemented, the on-line learning system will be accessible from any community in Ontario at any time of the day to provide wide access for learners.
AlphaRoute complements the Ontario government's new Literacy and Basic Skills program which was implemented in April 1999. The new program focuses services on the learner while making delivery more streamlined and cost efficient and establishing closer links to employment. Reform of the program included extensive involvement of literacy providers, instructors, and learners, as well as employers.
For further information: Kerry Delaney, Minister's office, (416) 326-1625; Dave Ross, Ministry contact, (416) 325-2709