Huron County, with its wide variety of adult learning options, makes it easy to study whatever you are interested in closer to home.
Post-secondary and adult education opportunities at every level – from trades and PhDs to professional and vocational – are available within an easy commute. There are two of the largest community colleges in Ontario and four Universities located within a half hour to 1.5 hour drive of the boundary of Huron County.
Online college and university credits courses, offered by many of the educational institutions mentioned below, are a convenient alternative or addition to in-person classes.
Adults of any age and background can take courses to build their knowledge and skills. At any time, an adult learner can study for an Ontario High School Diploma, improve computer skills, take English language classes free, or pursue a university degree.
Post-Secondary and Adult Education Opportunities
The Centre for Employment & Learning
- Computer courses
- High school credits and academic upgrading
- GED Preparation
- English as a Second Language (ESL): The Centres for Employment & Learning of the Avon Maitland District School Board offer English as a Second Language programs. The programs are conducted in a classroom setting and are specifically designed to assist adults in the community for whom English is not their first language but who would like to speak, read and write better in English.
- Skills Upgrading & Readiness Program (SURP): SURP is a FREE program providing learner-centred, task-based upgrading opportunities for adults preparing for employment, apprenticeship, secondary school credit (Grade 12), and post-secondary education.
- Reach for Success: an employability through work experience program funded by the Federal Government Skills Link Program, to help youth aged 15 to 30 years of age overcome barriers to employment.
- Career Planning
- Employment Services: Resumes, Interview Skills, Job Search, Second Career
Visit www.thecentreforemploymentandlearning.ca for more information.
Contact North/E-Learn Network
Contact North/E-Learn Network: Learn where you live! Contact North|elearnnetwork.ca works with colleges, universities, high schools, and literacy organizations in Ontario. Want to take one of their programs or courses, but don’t want to move? With us, you take classes through e-learning, video or audio at our local centre or from home.
Study for a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree in any field or discipline with a college or university of your choice. The possibilities are endless.
Contact North/E-Learn Network provides online continuing education options for Huron County residents. Providing access to both college and university level programs and courses, Contact North enables learners to learn at home with support from the local learning and employment centres.
Emergency Services Training Centre
The ESTC is an excellent facility providing firefighter and emergency responder training for municipalities and companies. Through partnerships with accredited training providers, the ESTC provides the high quality instruction that responders need to deal with today’s ever-changing demands.
Contact the ESTC by phoning 226.523.9500 or visit www.estc.ca to learn more.
Lake Huron Learning Collaborative
Lake Huron Learning Collaborative (LHLC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable and accessible in-class training in Huron and Bruce counties. Since 2004, LHLC has formed partnerships with local teachers and educational institutions to offer a variety of post-secondary, professional development and interest courses at its centres in Goderich and Kincardine.
For more information on upcoming post-secondary and adult education programs go to www.lakehuronlearning.ca or call 519.524.4154.
The REACH Centre
The Regional Equine & Agricultural Centre of Huron Inc., (REACH Huron) is a non-profit registered charity that supports the agricultural community of southwestern Ontario with a special focus on equine studies. Reach offers a variety of learning opportunities for children and adults. REACH Huron offers innovative programming as well as recreational activities to support both the equine and agricultural industries.
The REACH Centre is located at 169 Beech Street, Clinton. Phone: 519.482.3998 or visit www.reachhuron.ca to find out more.
Literacy and Basic Skills providers
Literacy—basic reading, writing, math, communication, and computer skills—is essential to a satisfying quality of life, to be able to contribute to your community and workplace, and to fully enjoy all that living in Huron County offers.
The Centres for Employment and Learning offer literacy and basic skills training. If you wish to upgrade reading, writing, math, computer, and communication skills, the Centres can help. Staff can also help adult learners who may wish to get their GED (Grade 12 Equivalency Diploma). Pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship assistance and opportunities are available. To find out more about the program in your area, contact the Centre for Employment & Learning nearest you. The Centres are located in Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Seaforth, and Wingham.
The LearningHUB is a free Literacy and Basic Skills Upgrading program offered by The Centres for Employment & Learning of the Avon Maitland District School Board. The LearningHUB provides flexible, online opportunities to upgrade reading, writing, math, computer and other essential workplace skills to adults in Ontario so they can:
- Be prepared to get a job, or to perform better in an existing job;
- Be ready to take a secondary school credit course or Grade 12 equivalency test (GED);
- Be more comfortable entering a college, university or apprenticeship program;
- Feel better about themselves and their ability to reach their life goals.
For course descriptions and scheduling, visit: www.learninghub.ca.
Quality in Lifelong Learning (QUILL) Network is one of 16 regional literacy networks in Ontario funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. QUILL Network can help connect adults to essential skills upgrading programs. All programs are free and based on individual needs and goals.
If you want to earn more high school credits, get your GED (General Educational Development) certificate, or take college or apprenticeship courses, literacy programs will prepare you for success.
Programs will also benefit adults who need to upgrade their skills for current or future jobs. Based in Walkerton, QUILL serves Bruce, Grey, Huron, and Perth counties.
Literacy programs can help you:
- Improve your skills for present or future work
- Prepare for the GED or high school credits
- Upgrade your skills for post-secondary courses or apprenticeship training
- Become more independent
Contact the QUILL Learning Network at their office located at 200 McNab Street, Suite 202, Walkerton or call 519.881.4655, toll-free: 1.800.530.6852. Check out their website at www.quillnetwork.com.