BROCKVILLE — The TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education hosted an Open House Thursday, Nov. 21 at its new Brockville campus.
More than 30 people attended the event, which showcased the campus and its many adult programs.
“We wanted the community to know about our game-changing programming,” says TR Leger Principal Sandy McInnes. “Our programs help adults find employment or obtain a high school diploma. We offer flexible schedules to work with their lifestyle and the diploma TR grants is exactly the same as any mainstream school.”
The new campus is located at 163 Ormond Street. It now serves as the centre for adult education in Brockville. It offers “one stop shopping” for a variety of programming for adults and new Canadians, said McInnes. Programs showcased at the event included the Skills Training and Employment Preparation program (STEP), Adult Education, Immigrant Settlement Services, and the English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
The STEP program allows adults to study relevant occupational courses so they can secure a job. The school offers courses such as its call centre program, daycare worker program, and materials handler program. When completed, students earn a certificate they can list on their resume.
The Adult Education Program permits adults who did not attain a high school diploma the flexibility to earn one online, on their own schedule. Adults can also gain credits for their life experiences through the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Program (PLAR) — drastically shortening the amount of credits required to attain a diploma.
“With PLAR, the road to your diploma is much shorter than you think,” stressed McInnes.
Brockville is becoming more culturally diverse, and TR Leger is responding by offering its ESL program at the campus, said McInnes. The program teaches newcomers basic English skills to ease their transition into Canadian life and eventually earn their citizenship.
The campus provides Immigrant Settlement Services, helping newcomers with a variety of challenges from finding housing to filling out citizenship applications. After newcomers have mastered basic English skills, they can learn employment skills through the STEP program, or work toward their high school diplomas through Adult Education.