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					       The Directory
       of Programs
Waterloo-Wellington

                   Take a Step to a better future!
             Assessment Services
   College Preparatory Programs              Free s
            Employment Services            Program
            Employment Ontario
   English as a Second Language
                   Essential Skills   A Publication of Project READ

             High School Credits      Literacy Network Waterloo-Wellington
                                      through the generous sponsorship of:
         Job Preparation Training
                            LINC
 Literacy & Basic Skills Programs
           2012 Edition
Project READ Literacy Network presents this booklet in partnership with its member organizations. The program listings
are up to date as of the printing date, but agencies may make changes after that time. This booklet can be downloaded
from our website.

Project READ Literacy Network
519-570-3054
Visit our website: www.projectread.ca
Email: info@projectread.ca
Who is this booklet for?
It is for any adult who wants to find a training or employment program. It’s never too late to return to school, upgrade your skills
or search for a better job.

What is inside?
You will find listings of Essential Skills, employment, language and training programs for adults living in Waterloo Region and
Guelph-Wellington. Most programs are free! They are part of “Employment Ontario”. Many programs run day and evening,
all year around.
• Literacy & Basic Skills training
• Employment training programs
• High school credit courses
• College upgrading and equivalency courses
• English as a Second Language
Literacy & Basic Skills programs receive funding from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Federal
Office of Literacy and Essential Skills.

What is Project READ?
Project READ Literacy Network is a dynamic community collaboration promoting the growth of literacy and essential skills in
Waterloo-Wellington. We provide:
• Educational Essential Skills Assessments
• Education & Training Referral Hotline (phone & email)
• Literacy Service Planning
• Information about literacy statistics and workplace education
• Family literacy programs
• Professional Development & Literacy Library for educators & trainers
• Research and Development Projects
Thank you to Waterloo-Region Record and Guelph Mercury for printing & distributing this booklet. Waterloo-Region Record is
an active supporter of literacy in our community.

                   Project READ Literacy Network                 1                           www.projectread.ca
The member agencies of Project READ Literacy Network provide many services. Please call the agency to ask about all
the services they offer. Please check individual agency listings for more information.



                                                    Literacy & Upgrading
               Cambridge                             Guelph                  Kitchener-Waterloo                    Rural Waterloo
             Conestoga College                       Action Read                  Conestoga College                 The Literacy Group
           519-748-5220 ext. 3681                   519-836-2759                519-748-5220 ext. 3681              of Waterloo Region
                                                                                                                   519-743-6090 ext. 224
         St. Louis Adult Learning and            Conestoga College            St. Louis Adult Learning and
        Continuing Education Centres           519-748-5220 ext. 3681        Continuing Education Centres
                   (WCDSB)                                                              (WCDSB)
                 519-745-1201                   Wellington Centre for                 519-745-1201
                                                                                                                  Rural Wellington
                                                Continuing Education
          Waterloo Region District              519-836-7280 ext. 624       Waterloo Region District School      Conestoga College Arthur
        School Board – Essential Skills                                     Board Essential Skills Upgrading      519-748-5220 ext. 3681
                 Upgrading                                                         519-885-4356 or
                519-740-3800                                                        519-885-0800                     Wellington County
                519-885-4356                                                                                          Learning Centre
                                                                                  The Literacy Group                   519-848-3462
            The Literacy Group of                                                 of Waterloo Region
              Waterloo Region                                                        519-743-6090                  Wellington Centre for
                519-621-7993                                                                                       Continuing Education
                                                                                                                      519-836-7280



                         Want to upgrade
                           your skills?
                         Thinking about
                          going back to
                             School?




                    Project READ Literacy Network                       2                                 www.projectread.ca
                    English as a Second Language
          Cambridge                    Kitchener-Waterloo                            Guelph
         Conestoga College                  Conestoga College                    Conestoga College
       519-748-5220 ext. 3751             519-748-5220 ext. 3751               519-748-5220 ext. 3751

    St. Louis Adult Learning and              English at First            Upper Grand District School Board
   Continuing Education Centres               519-571-0360                   St. George’s Centre for ESL
              (WCDSB)                                                             Guelph and Fergus
            519-745-1201                St. Louis Adult Learning and                519-766-9551
                                       Continuing Education Centres                  Orangeville
    YMCA Language Assessment                      (WCDSB)                           519-941-2661
        Centre in Cambridge                     519-745-1201
  519-579-9622 ext. 233 or ext. 231                                          Immigrant Services Guelph
                                        YMCA Language Assessment               Wellington – Language
                                              Centre in K-W                     Assessment Centre
                                      519-579-9622 ext. 233 or ext. 231        519-836-2222 ext. 230

 Would you like
to improve your
English Skills?


      Family Literacy, Reading & Support Services
          Cambridge                    Kitchener-Waterloo                      Rural Waterloo
     Cambridge Public Library         Project READ Literacy Network         Region of Waterloo Libraries
         519-621-0460                          519-893-7597                        519-575-4590

  Project READ Literacy Network           Kitchener Public Library
           519-893-7597                        519-743-0271                   Rural Wellington
                                             Our Place Family                    Wellington County
             Guelph                          Resource Centre                      Learning Centre
                                              519-571-1626                         519-848-3462
            Action Read
                                          Waterloo Public Library
                                                                          Do you want to
           519-836-2759
                                              519-886-1310

                                                                          help your kids
                                                                            with their
                                                                            learning?

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         Employment Training and Information
                for Adults and Youth
    Cambridge                         Guelph                        Kitchener-                   Rural
                                                                    Waterloo                    Wellington
  John Howard Society                The Canadian                   The Canadian                 The Canadian
    Cambridge Career                Hearing Society                Hearing Society              Hearing Society
      Connections               519-744-6811 ext. 236 or       519-744-6811 ext. 236 or     519-744-6811 ext. 236 or
      519-622-0815                 1-800-668-5815 or              1-800-668-5815 or            1-800-668-5815 or
                                 TTY: 1-888-697-3611            TTY: 1-888-697-3611          TTY: 1-888-697-3611
     The Canadian
    Hearing Society                Conestoga College              Conestoga College         Northern Lights Canada
519-744-6811 ext. 236 or             Career Centre                  Career Centre              1-800-361-4642
   1-800-668-5815 or                 519-824-9390                     Kitchener
 TTY: 1-888-697-3611                   ext. 330                 519-748-5220 ext. 2387         Second Chance
                                                                      Waterloo              Employment Counselling
       Lutherwood                     Lutherwood                519-885-0300 ext. 5606          519-843-5513
      519-623-9380                   519-822-4141                                             or 1-800-478-0961
                                                               Focus for Ethnic Women
Waterloo Catholic District         Second Chance                    519-746-3411
      School Board              Employment Counselling
St. Louis Adult Learning            519-823-2440                Kitchener Employment
                                                                                             Rural Waterloo
& Continuing Education                                             Resource Centre               The Canadian
         Centres                 Wellington Centre for               519-883-2101               Hearing Society
      519-745-1201               Continuing Education
                                                                                            519-744-6811 ext. 236 or
                                    519-836-7280                      Lutherwood               1-800-668-5815 or
YMCAs of Cambridge and                                               519-743-2460            TTY: 1-888-697-3611
  Kitchener-Waterloo            Youth Resources Centre
     519-621-1621                   519-823-2818                Northern Lights Canada        Conestoga College
                                                                    519-576-2681            Career Centre Waterloo
                                                                                            519-885-0300 ext. 5606
                                                               Waterloo Catholic District
                                                                     School Board            John Howard Society
                                                               St. Louis Adult Learning        Cambridge Career
                                                                     & Continuing                Connections
                                                                   Education Centres             519-622-0815
                                                                     519-745-1201
       Do you want help                                        YMCAs of Cambridge and
                                                                                                  Lutherwood

        finding a job?
                                                                                                 519-623-9380
                                                                 Kitchener-Waterloo
                                                                519-579-9622 ext. 224




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2nd Chance Employment Counselling                                Action Read Community
Employment Ontario, Summer Job Service                           Literacy Centre
Fergus, Guelph                                                   2 Quebec Street, Suite 220
www.2ndchance.ca
                                                                 Guelph
                                                                 action1@on.aibn.com • www.actionread.com
What:      • Employment Resource Centre
                                                                 What:      • Improve reading, writing, spelling, and basic math
           • Job Boards
                                                                            • 1 to 1 tutoring and small groups (4-8 people)
           • Access to training programmes
                                                                            • Computer assisted learning with access aids
           • 1-1 Employment Assistance
                                                                            • Employment preparation to help get and retain jobs
Who:       Ages: 15 – 64 years
                                                                            • Assist adults to live more independently
When:      Fergus: Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
           Norfolk Office: Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm                      • Employment Track Express Essential Skills/mobile
           Stone Road Mall: Mon and Tues 9:30 am – 4:30 pm                    computer lab/program
                            Wed and Thurs 9:30 am – 7 pm                    • Assist adults with learning disabilities
                            Fri noon – 4:30 pm                              • Learning assessment and training plan development
Where:     Fergus – 160 St. David Street S.                                 • Family Literacy Read-ins for parents, caregivers and
           Guelph – 177 Norfolk Street                                        children birth to 6 years
Ask For:   519-843-5513 or 1-800-478-0961                                   • Fully wheelchair accessible
           Norfolk – 519-823-2440
           Stone Road Mall – 519-823-2818                                   • Childcare and transportation subsidy available
                                                                 Who:       Adults (19+ years), Parents, caregivers
                                                                            with children birth to 6 years
                                                                 When:      Weekdays and evenings
                                                                 Where:     Adult literacy programs at
                                                                            Action Read 2 Quebec Street Suite 220
                                                                            Family Literacy programs at different
                                                                            sites around Guelph
2nd Chance Employment Counselling                                Ask For:   Adult Program information • 519-836-2759
ways2work
Guelph
www.2ndchance.ca

What:      Group-based employability skills programme
Who:       Youth up to the age of 30
When:      Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where:     Guelph – 177 Norfolk Street
Ask For:   Guelph – 519-823-2440



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The Canadian Hearing Society                                               Canadian Mental Health Assciation
Employment Services                                                        Bridging Employment Supports and Links to Work
Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Rural Waterloo,                              Cambridge, Kitchener, Guelph, Waterloo
Rural Wellington, Waterloo                                                 www.cmhagrb.on.ca
www.chs.ca
                                                                           What:      • Employment services specializing in assisting people
What:        • An employment skills program geared toward                               with disabilities to:
               People who are Deaf, deafened and hard of                                     – Obtain paid, competitive employment
               hearing                                                                       – Learn more and access employment resources
                                                                                             – Explore employment options
             • Individualized employment action plans – including                            – Develop an employment action plan
               career planning, skills assessment, job market                                – Access skills, interests and barriers to
               research, workshops, resume writing, interview skills                           employment
               and on-the-job support/coaching                                               – Search for, find, and keep a job
             • Job Development                                             Who:       16 years of age and older
             • Free use of; internet, fax, phone, TTY and job              When:      Monday to Friday – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
               search resources
                                                                           Where:     Kitchener – 67 King Street East – by appointment
             • Work-related technical device info                                     Cambridge – 39 Wellington Street – by appointment
             • Advice regarding accommodations in the workplace                       Guelph – 147 Wyndham Street North – by appointment
             • Self-advocacy and self-disclosure information               Ask For:   Referral and Information, Thea Trussler, Referral
               and support                                                            Coordinator
             • Human Rights advice and advocacy                                       1-866-387-6660 ext. 368
                                                                                      TTY: 1-866-387-6661
Who:         Adult job seekers who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf,
             deafened and hard of hearing
When:        Monday to Friday – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where:       Kitchener – 120 Ottawa Street North, Suite 200
Ask For:     Wendy Hughes, Program Assistant – Employment
             Services
             519-744-6811 ext. 236 or
             1-800-668-5815 or
             TTY: 1-888-697-3611




                      Project READ Literacy Network                    6                            www.projectread.ca
Conestoga College                                                     Conestoga College
Academic Upgrading                                                    Discover Your Future
Arthur, Cambridge, Guelph, Waterloo                                   Cambridge, Guelph, Waterloo
upgrading@conestogac.on.ca www.conestogac.on.ca/caa/upgrading
                                                                      What:      • Build your self-confidence
What:      • Math, English, Sciences, Basic Computer Skills                      • Assess your interests, strengths, and abilities
           • Targeted academic preparation up to                                 • Expand your knowledge of job opportunities
             Grade 12 Equivalency for
                                                                                 • Identify career paths
             • admission into college post-secondary programs
             • entering apprenticeship training                                  • Learn job search skills
             • obtaining employment                                              • Set realistic employment/educational goals
           • Essential Skills for the workplace                                  • Get work exposure through “Job Shadowing”
           • GED assessment and preparation                                      • Learn how to explore labour market information
           • Childcare and Transportation subsidy for                            • Develop a training or employment plan
             eligible learners
                                                                                 • Assess your academic skill level
           • Continuous intake, self-paced learning
                                                                                 • Gain/improve computer skills
Who:       Adults (19+ years) Age exceptions may apply.
                                                                                 • May be eligible for childcare and transportation
When:      Cambridge Campus Daytime                                                subsidy
           Guelph Campus    Daytime Mon - Fri
                                                                      Who:       Adults (19+ years) with or without a grade 12 diploma.
                            and Wed evening
                                                                                 Age exceptions may apply.
           Waterloo Campus Daytime
           Doon Campus      Evening Mon - Wed evening and             When:      Daytime
                            Wed morning                               Where:     Cambridge Campus – 150 Main Street, Suite 402
           Arthur Campus    Mon and Wed 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm                        Guelph Campus – 460 Speedvale Avenue West
                            Tues & Thur 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm                        Waterloo Campus – 108 University Avenue East
Where:     Cambridge Campus – 150 Main Street, Suite 402              Ask For:   Cambridge Campus – 519-623-4890
           Guelph Campus – 460 Speedvale Avenue West                             Guelph Campus – 519-824-9390 ext. 6192
           Waterloo Campus – 108 University Avenue East                          Waterloo Campus – 519-885-0300 ext. 5248
           Doon Campus – 299 Doon Valley Drive
           Arthur Campus – 179 George Street
Ask For:   Information on Academic Upgrading,
           ACE or Preparatory Programs – 519-748-5220 ext. 3681




                    Project READ Literacy Network                 7                             www.projectread.ca
Conestoga College                                                      Conestoga College
Retooling for the Trades                                               Focus for Change
Guelph                                                                 Cambridge, Guelph, Waterloo
www.conestogac.on.ca
What:      • Measure your Essential Skills                             What:      • Build your self-confidence
           • Compare your Essential Skills levels against trade                   • Assess your interests, strengths, and abilities
             standards                                                            • Expand your knowledge of job opportunities
           • Participate in Upskilling at your own pace to                        • Identify career paths
             prepare to meet the trade standards                                  • Set realistic employment/educational goals
           • Re-Assess your Essential Skills Levels to measure                    • Learn job search skills
             skill gain
                                                                                  • Get work exposure through “Job Shadowing”
Who:       Individuals thinking about Apprenticeship,
           Apprentices who want to ensure their success in trade                  • Learn how to explore labour market information
           school, Employers interested in the success of their                   • Assess your academic skill level
           Apprentices on the job                                                 • Gain/improve computer skills
When:      Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4 pm (Wednesday open                      • Develop a training or employment plan
           until 6pm) Extended hours offered by appointment
                                                                                  • Childcare and transportation subsidy available
Where:     Waterloo Campus – 108 University Avenue East
           Guelph Campus – 460 Speedvale Avenue West                   Who:       Women (19+ years) with or without a grade 12
                                                                                  diploma in receipt of Ontario Works benefits. Age
Ask For:   Waterloo Campus: 519-885-0300 ext. 5223                                exceptions may apply. Referrals made through Social
           Guelph Campus: 519-824-9390 ext. 333                                   Services, or by calling the Campus.
                                                                       When:      Daytime
                                                                       Where:     Cambridge Campus – 150 Main Street, Suite 402
                                                                                  Guelph Campus – 460 Speedvale Avenue West
                                                                                  Waterloo Campus – 108 University Avenue East
                                                                       Ask For:   Cambridge Campus – 519-623-4890
                                                                                  Guelph Campus – 519-824-9390 ext. 6192
                                                                                  Waterloo Campus – 519-885-0300 ext. 5243




                    Project READ Literacy Network                  8                             www.projectread.ca
Conestoga College                                                 English at First
Employment Ontario Employment Services                            English as a Second Language Training
Doon, Kitchener, Waterloo                                         Waterloo
http://www.conestogac.on.ca/caa/careercentre/                     http://www.englishatfirst.com

What:      • Second Career Funding Information                    What:      • Learn English (5classes am and 4 classes pm)
           • Career Advising/Job Search Assistance                           • Orientation into community
           • Academic Advisement                                             • Community service referrals
           • Internationally Trained Immigrant Advisement                    • Transportation assistance possible
           • Labour Market Information                                       • Family support
           • Program Information/Registration                                • Childcare on-site
           • Employment Supports                                  Who:       Adults over the age of 18 who are landed immigrants
Who:       Anyone in need of assistance in these areas                       Children ages 6 months to 5 years
When:      Doon: Mon – Wed and Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm              When:      Mon – Thurs 9:00 am – 2:45 pm
                 Thurs 8:30 am – 6:00 pm                                     Fri 9:00 am – 12:00 pm pm
           Waterloo: Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm                  Where:     16 William Street West, Waterloo
Where:     Career Centre Doon – 299 Doon Valley Drive,            Ask For:   Lidia – 519-571-0360
           Kitchener, Student Client Services Building
           Career Centre Waterloo Campus
           108 University Avenue East, Waterloo
           Resource Centre Waterloo, Career Centre Waterloo
           Off Campus
           285 Weber Street, Waterloo
Ask For:   Career Centre Doon – 519-748-3535 or
                                                                  John Howard Society of
                                1-877-748-3535                    Waterloo - Wellington
           Career Centre Waterloo – 519-885-0300 ext. 5226        Cambridge Career Connections
           Career Centre Waterloo Off Campus –                    Cambridge, North Dumfries
                                  519-772-4605 ext. 5603          www.cambridgecareerconnections.com


                                                                  What:      • Multiple Employment Programs
                                                                             • Specializing in Youth
                                                                  Who:       Dependant on program
                                                                  When:      Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm,
                                                                             Wed 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
                                                                  Where:     Cambridge – 40 Ainslie Street South
                                                                  Ask For:   519-622-0815



                    Project READ Literacy Network             9                             www.projectread.ca
Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington                                    KW Habilitation Services
Settlement Services                                                     Community Placement Program
Guelph, Rural Wellington                                                Kitchener
http://www.iss-gw.ca                                                    http://www.kwhab.ca

What:      • Settlement Services for new immigrants, language           What:      • Community Supports - Support in acquiring and
             assessment for immigrants looking to attend school,                     maintaining employment and volunteer opportunities
             Translation and Interpretation of documents                             including on-site job coaching and long-term
             and legal papers, Project Wisdom (Elder abuse                           monitoring, bus training
             awareness)                                                            • Community Initiatives - Support in acquiring and
Who:       Any age                                                                   maintaining employment and volunteer opportunites
When:      Mon – Thurs 9:00 am – 5:00 pm                                             including on-site job coaching, long-term monitoring
           Fri 9:00 am – 12:00 pm                                                    and bus training as well sa support in accessing
                                                                                     recreational and leisure activities
Where:     926 Paisley Road, Units 4-5, Guelph, Ontario N1H 1X5
                                                                                   • Community Link - Learning opportunities consisting
Ask For:   John-Bosco Kaika, Program Support                                         of 1:1 support, group workshops (ie employability,
           519-836-2222 ext. 230                                                     social skills), tours of business organizations, and
                                                                                     time limited supported volunteer opportunities
                                                                                   • Job Development (service Canada) - Skills
                                                                                     assessment, job search, interview preparation, resume
                                                                                     preparation, post interview feedback
                                                                        Who:       Community Suport – ages 29+
                                                                                   Communnity Initiatives – 18-29
                                                                                   Community Link – 18+
                                                                                   Job Development – 18+
                                                                        When:      Office hours – Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
                                                                                   Additional hours as requitred on evenings and
                                                                                   weekends
                                                                        Where:     69 Sydney Street South, Kitchener, Ontario N2G 3V1
                                                                        Ask For:   Renee Rau, Manager – 519-744-1272 ext. 227




                       Project READ Literacy Network               10                            www.projectread.ca
The Literacy Group of                                                  Lutherwood
Waterloo Region                                                        Employment Training and Information
Adult Literacy Skills Upgrading                                        Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Rural Wellington,
Cambridge, Kitchener, Rural Waterloo Region,                           Waterloo,
Waterloo
                                                                       www.lutherwood.ca
www.theliteracygroup.com

What:      • Learner Centred 1:1 tutoring & small group                What:      • Access group workshops on a variety of topics
             instruction in reading, writing, math, computers &                   • Receive assistance from qualified staff
             workplace essential skills.                                          • Expand your knowledge of the labour market
Who:       Adults 18 years & older                                                • Increase your job search skills
When:      K-W & Cambridge – Mon – Thur 9:00 am – 9:00 pm                         • Access exclusive job postings and job placement
           Fri 8:30 am – 4:00 pm                                                    opportunities
           Rural Sites: Phone for times
                                                                                  • Free access to fax machines, photocopier, computers
Where:     Kitchener – 151 Frederick Street Suite 200                               and resource library
           Cambridge – 89 Manin Street Unit 1                          Who:       Youth and Adults
           Phone for other rural sites (Linwood, New Hamburg,          When:      Daytime - 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
           St. Jacobs)                                                            Evenings -
Ask For:   K-W and Rural: Sue Damon                                                Kitchener - Tues 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
                          519-743-6090 ext. 224                                    Cambridge - Wed 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
           Cambridge: Heather Lee                                                  Guelph - Tues - 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
                      519-621-7993 ext. 224                            Where:     Kitchener – 165 King Street East
                                                                                  Cambridge – 35 Dickson Street
                                                                                  Guelph – 30 Wyndham Street North
                                                                       Ask For:   Kitchener – 519-743-2460
                                                                                  Cambridge – 519-623-9380
                                                                                  Guelph – 519-822-4141




                    Project READ Literacy Network                 11                             www.projectread.ca
Lutherwood                                                                Northern Lights Canada
Practice Firm                                                             Employment Services
Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Rural Waterloo, Rural                       Kitchener, Rural Wellington, Waterloo
Wellington , Waterloo                                                     www.nothernightscanada.ca
www.lutherwood.ca
                                                                          What:      • Resource centre with access to computers, fax,
What:      • Lutherwood’s Practice Firm (TeleGo) Waterloo                              photocopier and information about community and
             Region operates as a regular business offering                            government supports
             participants hands-on experience in payroll, benefits                   • Career counselors assist you to identify your
             administration, human resources, sales, marketing,                        needs and goals and work with you to develop a
             technical support, computerized graphic and/                              employment plan
             or web design, customer service, data entry, word                       • Workshops to develop job searching skills such as
             processing, accounts payable/receivable and financial                     resume writing, interview preparation and networking
             analysis
                                                                                     • Job Development assistance to expand your
Who:       Job seekers (16 – 65) looking to gain practical work                        knowledge of the labour market, access job postings
           experience and job search support who:                                      and connect with employers interested in your skills
           • Are currently unemployed                                                • Assessments to help determine eligibility for
           • Have an employment goal                                                   Employment Ontario services including Self
           • Are available for work immediately                                        Employment Benefit and Second Career
           • Are willing to commit to the program and participate         Need Help Hiring?
             full-time (M-F 9 am-4 pm)                                              • We support employers with Free job posting service
           • Have basic skills/education required for field of                       • Job matching, placement and follow-up
             interest                                                                • Apprenticeship information, candidates and incentives
When:      Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm                                               • Information and resources about interviewing and
Where:     Kitchener – 165 King Street East                                            recruitment
Ask For:   Elisha Rivard – 519-772-2041 ext. 208                          Who:       All are welcome.
                                                                          When:      Kitchener Waterloo: Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
                                                                                     Fergus and Mount Forest:
                                                                                     Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
                                                                          Where:     Kitchener Waterloo – 185 Weber Street South, Waterloo
                                                                                     Fergus – 380 Andrew Street West, Fergus
                                                                                     Mount Forest – 392 Main Street North,
                                                                                                    Unit 7, Mount Forest
                                                                          Ask For:   Kitchener – 519-576-2681
                                                                                     kitchener@northernlightscanada.ca
                                                                                     Fergus – 519-787-9333
                                                                                     fergus@northernlightscanada.ca
                                                                                     Mount Forest – 519-323-4540
                                                                                     Customer care Centre Toll Free – 1-800-361-4642
                                                                                     nlinfo@northernlightscanada.ca

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Project READ Literacy Network                                            Project READ Literacy Network
Educational Essential Skills Assessments                                 Workplace/Workforce Education
Waterloo Region                                                          298 Frederick Street, Kitchener
298 Frederick Street, Kitchener                                          www.projectread.ca
www.projectread.ca
                                                                         What:      • Workplace education information
What:      • Assessment of literacy and Essential Skills                            • Organizational Needs Assessments
           • Placement into upgrading programs based on                             • Customized Solutions to the essential skills challenges
             personal needs and goals                                                 in your workplace
Who:       • Free for adults on Ontario                                             • Individual assessments and referrals of employees to
             Works in Waterloo Region                                                 programs in the community
           • Sliding scale for other individuals                                    • Educational Interviews
           • EESA’s are provided for Second Career and                              • Educational Essential Skills Assessment (EESA)
             Ontario Skills Development for a fee                        Who:       • Any business or employee in Waterloo-Wellington
When:      By Appointment                                                           • Educational Interviews are for laid-off workers and
Where:     Kitchener and Cambridge Employment Resource Centres                        Action Centres
Ask For:   519-570-3054                                                             • EESA’s are provided for Second Career and Ontario
           info@projectread.ca                                                        Skills Development for a fee
                                                                         When:      At your convenience
                                                                         Where:     On-site or in community
                                                                         Ask For:   519-570-3054
                                                                                    info@projectread.ca
Project READ Literacy Network
Get Set Learn
Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge
www.projectread.ca

What:      • A family literacy program for both parents and their
             preschool children to become school ready and
             prepare the parents for work or training.
Who:       Parents with their children aged birth to 6 years
When:      10 weeks in Fall & Spring – 2 hours, twice a week
           Days vary depending on site availability
Where:     3 locations in K-W and Cambridge
Ask For:   519-893-7597
           familyliteracy@projectread.ca




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Region of Waterloo                                                         Region of Waterloo
Employment Ontario                                                         Employment Ontario
Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo                                             Cambridge, Kitchener
http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca                                             http://stlouis.wcdsb.ca

What:      • Employment Ontario (EO) Information Sessions: -               What:         • 9 half day workshops
             an overview of initiatives offered how to register for                      • Computers for the Total Beginner
             EO services, eligibility and suitability
                                                                                         • Introduction to Word
Who:       Job ready adults
                                                                                         • Introduction to the Internet
When:      Twice a month
                                                                                         • Cover Letters and Thank You Letters
Where:     Kitchener – 235 King Street East
                                                                                         • The Hidden Job Market, Networking and
           Waterloo – 99 Regina Street
                                                                                           Information Meetings
           Cambridge – 150 Main Street
                                                                                         • Job Interview Skills and References
Ask For:   519-883-2101 ext. 5655
                                                                           Who:          Adults
                                                                           When:        Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
                                                                                        Mon – Fri 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
                                                                           Where:       Kitchener – 235 King Street East
                                                                                        Cambridge – 150 Main Street
                                                                           Ask For:     519-883-2101 ext. 5655




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St Louis Learning & Continuing                                         St Louis Learning & Continuing
Education Centres (WCDSB)                                              Education Centres (WCDSB)
English as a Second Language (ESL)/Language                            School to Work Programs
Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)                             Cambridge, Fergus, Guelph, Kitchener
Cambridge, Kitchener                                                   stlouis.wcdsb.ca
stlouis.wcdsb.ca
                                                                       What:         • Personal Support Worker Program - PSW
What:       • English Language Classes for Literacy, Canadian                          (full and part time programs) (Kitchener,
              Language Benchmark 1-7                                                   Cambridge, Guelph & Fergus)
            • Intermediate & Advanced ESL Reading, Writing,                          • Chef Training Program (Kitchener only)
              Speaking, Listening & Pronunciation                                    • Hairstyling Program (Kitchener and Cambridge)
            • ESL for the Workplace                                                  • All programs offer in-class instruction, experiental
            • ESL Basic, Experienced & advanced Computers                              learning, secondary school credits and have 220
            • ESL for Seniors                                                          hour work placements
            • ESL for Credit                                                         • Tuition is paid by Ministry of Education funding,
                                                                                       additional materials fees apply
            • Minimal Materials Fee required for ESL
                                                                       Who:          All school to Work Programs - adults (18+ years)
            • FREE for LINC eligible students
                                                                                     Exception: PSW (19+)
            • Licenced Child Care and Child-minding available
                                                                       When:         September to June, Monday to Friday, Daytime class
Who:        All ESL/LINC Programs - Adults (18+ years)                               instruction for all Programs, class times vary.
When:       September to July                                                        Work Placement days and times vary
            Monday to Friday, Daytime class instrution,                              PSW offers part-time and evening programs as well
            class times vary
                                                                                     To register: must attend the orientation session
            Saturday morning classes available
            Language Assessment at YMCA requited to register           Where:        St. Louis - Kitchener Main Campus,
                                                                                     80 Young Street (Chef, Hair, PSW)
Where:      St. Louis - Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener
                                                                                     St. Louis - Cambridge Campus,
            St. Louis - St. Mary’s Campus,                                           82 Beverly Street (Hair, PSW)
            77 Young Street, Kitchener
                                                                                     The Elliot Community,
            St. Louis - St. Joseph Campus,
            160 Courtland Avenue East, Kitchener                                     170 Metcalfe Street, Guelph (PSW)
            St. Louis - St. Francis Campus,                                          Wellington Terrace,
            154 Gatewood Road, Kitchener                                             474 Wellington Road 18, Fergus (PSW)
            St. Louis - Cambridge Campus,                              Ask For:      Information about the specific program:
            82 Beverly Street, Cambridge                                             519-745-1201
            David Durwood Centre,
            62 Dickson Street, Cambridge
            Chandler Mowat Community Centre,
            222 Chandler Drive, Kitchener
            Resurrection Catholic Secondary School, 455
            University Avenue West, Kitchener
Ask For:    ESL or LINC: 519-745-1201
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St Louis Learning & Continuing                                            St Louis Learning & Continuing
Education Centres (WCDSB)                                                 Education Centres (WCDSB)
Adult Secondary School Credit - Ontario Secondary                         Core Essentials Upgrading
School Diploma                                                            Cambridge, Kitchener
Cambridge, Kitchener                                                      stlouis.wcdsb.ca
stlouis.wcdsb.ca
                                                                          What:       • Improve your reading and writing skills
What:       • up to 60 Secondary school credit courses for various                    • Develop your math skills
              levels                                                                  • Learn to use a computer or enhance your computer
            • Day class instruction - for grade levels 10 - 12 — 5                      ability
              terms/year, 7 week terms                                                • Prepare for training and educational courses, or for
            • Correspondence — earn credits at your own pace                            employment
Who:        Class instruction - Adults (18+ years)                                    • Work at your own pace - self directed study with
            Correspondence - Adults (18+) and students (16+)                            instructor assistance
            not attending school                                                      • Start at anytime
                                                                          Who:        Adults (19+ years)
When:       Class instruction, September to June, Mon – Fri,              When:       September through July in Cambridge & Kitchener
            daytime start times 8:45 am and 12:30 pm                                  Days: Mon through Thurs- Full and Part time
            Correspondence tutors available Mon, wed Fri at                           8:45 am – 11:45 am; 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm,
            Kitchener Main and Tue, Thurs in Cambridge (day and                       Evenings: Mon & Wed Evenings 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
            evening times offered)
                                                                          Where:      St. Louis - Cambridge, 82 Beverly Street
Where:      St. Louis - Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street                        St. Louis - Kitchener, 80 Young Street
              (class instruction and correspondence)
                                                                          Ask For:    Core Essentials Program: Kitchener – 519-745-1201
            St. Louis - Cambridge Campus, 82 Beverly Street,
              (class instruction and correspondence)
Ask For:    Guidance Department – 519-745-1201




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Upper Grand District School Board                                          Upper Grand District School Board
St. George’s Centre for ESL                                                St. George’s Centre for ESL
Guelph                                                                     Guelph, Rural wellington
http://guelphesl.ca                                                        http://guelphesl.ca

What:         • CIC funded – Language Instruction for                      What:         • MCI funded – English as a Second Language
                Newcomers to Canada                                                        program, ESL Literacy, Specialized Language
Who:          To attend CIC funded classes, learner must be                                Training, ESL Tutoring
              18 years of age, must have a first language that is          Who:          To attend MCI funded classes, learner must be 18
              other than English; must be residing in Canada as a                        years of age, or a graduate of secondary school; must
              Permanent Resident or Convention Refugee. Must                             have a first language that is other than English or
              first hav a language assessment at Immigrant Services                      French; must be residing in Canada as a Canadian
              Guelph Wellington                                                          citizen, Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee
When:        Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Sept to June                                  or Refugee Claimant. A tuition fee must be paid by
             Mon – Fri 8:00 pm – 10:30 am, July and August                               those residing in Ontario as a temporary resident as
             Mon – Fri 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Sept to June                                  a visitor or on a study permit or work permit. Not
             Mon – Fri 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, July and August                               all programs are open to temporary residents. Some
             Mon – Fri 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Sept to June                                   exceptions for work permits may apply.
             Mon – Fri 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July and August                  When:        Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Sept to June
             Sat 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, Sept to June                                     Mon – Fri 8:00 pm – 10:30 am, July and August
             Tutoring times vary                                                        Mon – Fri 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Sept to June
Where:       Guelph – St. George’s Centre – 21 King Street                              Mon – Fri 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, July and August
                                                                                        Mon – Fri 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Sept to June
Ask For:     519-766-9551                                                               Mon – Fri 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July and August
                                                                                        Sat 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, Sept to June
                                                                                        Tutoring times vary
                                                                           Where:       Guelph – St. George’s Centre – 21 King Street
                                                                                        Fergus – Centre Wellington District High School
                                                                                        Drayton – Community fellowship Centre
                                                                                        Orangeville – Orangeville District Secondary School
                                                                           Ask For:     Guelph and Fergus – 519-766-9551
                                                                                        Orangeville – 519-941-2661




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Waterloo Region                                                            Waterloo Region
District School Board                                                      District School Board
ESU: Essential Skills Upgrading                                            ESU: Essential Skills Upgrading Modified Program
Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo                                             Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo
www.wrdsb.ca/esu                                                           www.wrdsb.ca/esu

What:      • Employment-focused upgrading                                  What:      • Modified learning program for adults with
                                                                                        developmental disabilities; volunteering/employment
           • Pre-GED learning
                                                                                        or independence pathways
           • Transition based program to help you get to your
                                                                                      • Employment-focused upgrading
             next step in work, learning or life
                                                                                      • Pre-GED learning
           • Introduction to computers; communications and
             math                                                                     • Transition based program to help you get to your
                                                                                        next step in work, learning or life
           • Essential Skills
                                                                                      • Introduction to computers; communications and
           • Continuous intake
                                                                                        math
           • Individualized learning activities in a small group or
                                                                                      • Essential Skills
             class setting
                                                                                      • Continuous intake
           • Transportation subsidy is possible
                                                                                      • Individualized learning activities in a small group or
Who:       Adults living in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge
                                                                                        class setting
When:      Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge: Monday to
                                                                                      • Transportation subsidy is possible
           Thursday – morning and afternoon sessions plus two
           evenings per week in Kitchener                                  Who:       Adults with developmental disabilities
Where:     256 Hespeler Road,                                              When:      Kitchener, Waterloo: Monday & Wednesday evenings
           Cambridge N1R 3H3                                                          4:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Friday mornings
           519-740-3800                                                    Where:     151 Weber Street South (Weber south of Union)
           151 Weber Street South (Weber south of Union)                              Waterloo N2J 2A9
           Waterloo N2J 2A9                                                           519-885-4356 or 519-885-0800
           519-885-4356 or 519-885-0800                                    Ask For:   Brian Pitts – 519-885-4356 ext 224
           Night school located at The Literacy Group of
           Waterloo Region, 151 Frederick Street, Suite 200,
           Kitchener
           519-743-6090 ext. 227
Ask For:   ESU staff: 519-885-4356 or 519-740-3800




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Wellington Centre                                                      Wellington Centre
for Continuing Education                                               for Continuing Education
Computer Training                                                      Literacy and Basic Skills Program
Guelph                                                                 Drayton, Fergus, Harrison, Mount Forest

What:      • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced computer             What:      • Upgrading Reading, Writing and Mathematics for
             courses                                                                employment or further education
           • Computer Skills for the Workplace                                    • Learn or improve basic computer skills
           • Material costs will apply                                            • Learner centred instruction
Who:       Adults                                                      Who:       Adults
When:      Daytime or Evening                                          When:      Drayton: Tues & Thurs 9:00 am - 3:30 pm,
                                                                                           6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where:     Guelph – Wellington Centre for Continuing Education,
           1428 Gordon Street                                                     Fergus: Mon &Wed 9:00 am – 12:00 noon,
                                                                                          12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
           Guelph – Central Public School, 97 Dublin Street
                                                                                  Harriston: Tues & Thurs 9:00 am – 12:00 pm,
Ask for:   519-836-7280
                                                                                             12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
                                                                                  Mount Forest: Mon – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
                                                                                                Tues – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
                                                                                                Thurs – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
                                                                                                Fri – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
                                                                       Where:     Drayton – Mennonite Fellowship Church
                                                                                            109 Wellington Street South
                                                                                  Harriston – Community Living Centre,
                                                                                              106 Thomas Street
                                                                                  Mount Forest – Continuing Education Portable at
                                                                                                 Wellington Heights High School
                                                                       Ask for:   Maggie Moore – Drayton 519-638-0191
                                                                                               – Fergus 519-787-1762
                                                                                               – Harriston 519-338-2559 ext. 25
                                                                                  Elaine Love – Mount Forest 519-323-4840




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Wellington Centre                                                     Wellington Centre
for Continuing Education                                              for Continuing Education
Literacy and Basic Skills Program                                     Secondary School Courses
Guelph                                                                Guelph

What:      • Upgrading Reading, Writing and Mathematics for           What:      • Secondary school credit courses Grades 11 & 12
             employment or further education                          Who:       Adults
           • Learn or improve basic computer skills                   When:      Summer School – July 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
           • Prepare for credit courses                                          Evenings - Sept - June: Mon - Thurs 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
           • Learner centred instruction                                         (2 semesters)
                                                                                 Night School – Oct - Dec: Tue, Wed, Thur
Who:       Adults (18+ years)                                                    Mar - May: Tue, Wed, Thur
When:      Guelph:                                                               6:30 pm - 9:30 pm - 10 weeks
           Mon – Thurs – 9:00 am – 3:30 pm                            Where:     Summer School location to be announced
           Evenings – Mon & Wed – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm                              Night School – John F. Ross C.V.I.
           Continuous enrollment                                                 – location to be announced
Where:     Guelph – Wellington Centre for Continuing Education        Ask for:   Cheryl – 519-836-7280 ext. 628
                    1428 Gordon Street
Ask for:   Program Manager – 519-836-7280 ext. 622




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Wellington County Learning Centre                                      YMCA of Kitchener-Waterloo
Rural Wellington                                                       Language Assessment and Referral Services
www.thewclc.ca                                                         Kitchener
                                                                       www.ymcaimmigrantservices.ca
What:      • Basic Math For The Trades                                 What:      • Assessment of language skills
           • Life Without Limits: Matching your educational and                   • Referral to language training and other programs
             career goals
                                                                       Who:       Adult immigrants to Canada - 18 and above
           • GED prep
                                                                       When:      Kitchener – Mon – Wed 8:30 am – 4:30 pm,
           • Conestoga Collage Academic Upgrading                                 Thur 8:30 am – 8:30 pm, Fri 8:30 am – 12:00 noon
           • Just For YOUth after school one-to-one tutoring                      Cambridge – Mon 8:30 am – 12:30 pm,
             program                                                              Thur 12:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Who:       Adults (18+ years)                                          Where:     800 King Street West, 3rd floor, Kitchener
When:      Math – Mon 9:30 am – 11:00 am                                          258 Hespeler Road, Cambridge
           Life Without Limits – Fri 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
           GED prep – Sat 9:30 am – 1:30 pm                            Ask for:   Adriana Ionescu-Parau, Program Director
           Conestoga College – Mon & Wed 2:30 pm – 8:30 pm                        519-579-9622 ext. 233
           and Tues & Thurs 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm                                     Janine Roelens-Grant, Administrative Assistant
           Youth – Times vary                                                     519-579-9622 ext. 231
Where:     179 George St. Arthur, Ontario N0G 1A0
Ask for:   Elizabeth Debergh, Executive Director; Pat Belding,
           Adult Co-ordinator; Laurie Few, Youth Co-ordinator
           519-848-3462 or literacy@thewclc.ca




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Project READ defines literacy as:
Literacy is more than knowing how to read and write. A person who is literate can use reading, writing, speaking, and
numerical skills effectively to understand and participate in the world around them. Literacy is not a fixed skill. It needs to be
exercised and challenged. Otherwise, the skill will not strengthen and may weaken.
There are 5 levels to define literacy in Canada. A person may be able to function at one of the lower levels,
but would still be considered to have problems with literacy.
If you want to find out more about your own literacy and Essential Skills levels visit the Ontario Skills Passport website
and select the “Check-Up Tools” button on the screen. You can try the online self-assessment - “Essential Skills and Work
Habits Check Up Tools”.

Did You Know?
• 1 in 6 adults in Canada 16 years and over fall into the lowest level of literacy. They have serious difficulties dealing with
  printed materials on a daily basis.
• 1 in 4 adults in Waterloo - Wellington 16 years and over fall into the lowest level of literacy.
• The ability of firms to compete will increasingly depend on the basic skills of the average worker. Workers with high
  literacy skills are better able to apply the most efficient production technologies.
• Statistics Canada showed that a 1% increase in adult literacy levels would generate a 1.5% permanent increase in the GDP
  per capita. In Canada, this would amount to about $18 billion a year that could be re-invested.
• 1 in 4 adults can’t read dosage directions on over-the-counter or prescription medicines or complete job applications or
  medical forms.




                                             Benefits of Upgrading Your Skills!
                                             •     Helps you find work or keep your job
                                             •     Makes it easier to help your children
                                             •     Helps you to reach your goals
                                             •     Gives you freedom to grow and succeed




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                 Project READ Literacy Network is a dynamic community
                 collaboration promoting literacy and essential skills in
                 Waterloo-Wellington .


We believe that literacy and Essential Skills are necessary to function
independently to reach an individual’s full potential. Low literacy affects many
aspects of life including health, income, employment, parenting, education or
training and daily living.


      There are 9 Essential Skills
      for work, learning and life!
      •   Reading text           •   Oral Communications
      •   Document Use           •   Thinking Skills
      •   Writing                •   Continuous Learning
      •   Numeracy/Math          •   Working with others
      •   Computer Use


                     For more information visit our website:
                               www.projectread.ca
              Office: 298 Frederick Street, Kitchener, ON N2H 2N5
                      Tel: 519-570-3054 Fax: 519-570-9510
                            Email: info@projectread.ca

                       Literacy is a Family Affair!
  Our Get Set Learn programs for families on limited incomes help parents and
         children get ready for school and successful life-long learning.
                             Spring and Fall classes.
              Call Lorri, Family Literacy Coordinator, at 519-893-7597
                       or email: familyliteracy@projectread.ca

				
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