New location for literacy agency helps strengthen local economy

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New location for literacy agency helps strengthen local economy

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

LONDON, ON, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - Literacy Link South Central's new home in London will help the organization improve access to adult literacy training, strengthening the skills of adult workers and the local economy said Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
"By moving into London, Literacy Link South Central will be able to create new partnerships to advance adult literacy," Cunningham said. "This is another example of how this organization takes a proactive approach to understand and anticipate the needs of the communities it serves."
Literacy Link South Central helps coordinate literacy training provided by local school boards, colleges and community-based agencies to more than 1,400 adult learners each year. The organization is now located at 213 Consortium Court, Newbold Park in London and provides referral services for adults wanting to learn more about local literacy services.
"Good literacy and language skills are a basic requirement to be productive in Ontario's highly skilled workforce," Cunningham said. "Knowledge and skills are essential to create opportunity for future generations and to improve our standard of living."
The Ontario government invests more than $60 million a year to serve 68,000 adult literacy learners. The Province's Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Program has been streamlined, made more cost efficient and better focused on learners' needs. People participating in the program develop many of the basic skills required to find and keep a job.
The LBS Program has taken a leading role in technology by providing adults with computer-based and online learning in literacy. Distance learning through the AlphaRoute Web-based environment has been implemented. Additionally, LBS agencies have been provided with the necessary hardware and software to incorporate computers into their learning processes.
For further information: Andrew Bennett, Minister's office 416-326-5748