The Independent Learning Centre joins TVOntario

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The Independent Learning Centre joins TVOntario

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, March 8 /CNW/ - On April 1, 2002 the Independent Learning Centre will be transferred to TVOntario (the Ontario Educational Communications Authority), Isabel Bassett, Chair and CEO of TVOntario, announced today.
Under the auspices of the E-learning Division of TVOntario, the ILC will become one of a number of educational services that fulfill the learning needs of the people of Ontario. These include the Eureka! Ask a Teacher free homework online service that provides access to live teachers online five nights a week (as well as practice for the provincial math and literacy tests); CareerMATTERS, an interactive Web site that provides information on the education required for various career opportunities in Ontario; and the Lifelong Learning Challenge Fund, funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, to develop workplace training delivery in partnership with the private sector.
The transfer of the ILC will combine the content expertise in elementary and secondary distance education programs provided by the Independent Learning Centre and the "e-learning" expertise at TVOntario.
"This is a tremendously exciting time for TVOntario, and today's announcement will help us strengthen our commitment to providing education and training programs, in English and French, to all Ontarians, as an adjunct to the education system," said Ms. Bassett. "We now have the right combination of content and new technology needed to launch Ontario's first comprehensive strategy for lifelong learning."
Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, also commented: "Our goal is to ensure that Ontarians, no matter where they live, have opportunities throughout their lives to gain access to high-quality, relevant learning programs where and when they are needed. Through the use of new technologies, TVOntario can open up a whole new range of flexible choices for Ontario's learners."
The government is responding to a key recommendation outlined in the Ontario Jobs and Investment Board report, A Road Map to Prosperity, which called for a commitment to lifelong learning through the creation of a distance education network in Ontario.

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For further information: Ellen T. Cole, Director of Communications, TVOntario, (416) 484-2879; Dave Ross, Minister's Office, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 326-1625; For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca and www.tvontario.org