Programs for Adult Learners

Our CALP team will help you set learning goals that make sense for YOUR life and learning goals. We offer flexible programs that meet your needs, in a safe and welcoming learning space.

If you would like to learn more about our programs, please fill out our "Adult Learner Interest" form.

*Support may be available to help with costs, transportation, or technology. Contact the CALP team at the Learning Centre to find out more.


NEW - Survival English

This six-part workshop will help you with the basic English you need in daily life in Canada.
We will learn and practice:

  • Greetings and Goodbyes
  • Groceries and Shopping
  • Schools and Teachers
  • Doctors and Dentists
  • Getting around Town
  • Small Talk and Canadian Sayings



9:30 am – 11:00 am
Sept 20 - Oct 25

The CALP at NorQuest
4907 - 51 Avenue

Cost: $100.00 for 6 sessions

Register here:

NEW - Brush up on the Basics: Spelling and Grammar

  • Thinking about going back to school to do some Upgrading?
  • Want to get your GED?
  • Need to improve your writing for work?

This class will help you build the basics, to improve your writing, spelling and grammar at a junior high / high school level. Perfect for adults who struggled in school or who have been out of practice for a while!

This class is for people who speak, read and write English as their primary language.

1:00 – 2:30
Sept 20 – Nov 8

The CALP at NorQuest
4907 - 51 Avenue

Cost: 150.00 for 8 sessions

Register here:

GED / Trades Entrance Readiness (Fall 2023)

In this program, we will help you with:

  • Confidence in learning
  • Time management
  • Study skills
  • Test taking and managing test anxiety

We will also  work on:

  • Math foundations
    •   Whole numbers
    •   Math facts
    •   Addition and Subtraction
    •   Multiplication and Division
    •   Fractions
    •   Integers
    •   Ratio, Rates and Percentages
  • Reading and writing
    •   Develop skimming and scanning strategies
    •   Identify main ideas and supporting details in written texts
    •   Identify and explain compare and contrast relationships in texts
    •   Make inferences based on facts and background information
    •   Organize ideas in a systematic way for writing non-fiction and essays

Enjoy a relaxed learning atmosphere with a small group, and an instructor who tailors the sessions to your needs and your pace.

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Sept 19 - Dec 5

The CALP at NorQuest
4907 - 51 Avenue

Cost: $150.00 for 12 weeks

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English Conversation Café (Fall 2023)

The ESL Conversation Café is a safe place where adults from all backgrounds can practice speaking and listening in English, learn new vocabulary, and make friends in the community.

Each week, small groups will choose a topic to discuss, and our experienced English teacher will help lead the conversation.


6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Sept 18 - Dec 18

Whitecourt and District Public Library

5201 49 Street, Whitecourt

New participants are always welcome, but you must register in advance.

Cost: $150.00 for 12 weeks

We can help you with the fees. Just give us a call!

Registration is required for these sessions, as space is limited!

Register here:

Basic Computer Bootcamp (Fall 2023)

Bring your own laptop or use one of ours!

These sessions are designed for people learning Windows PCs, Microsoft Word, and basic email functions.

We will cover the following topics:

  • Basic Knowledge of Computers
    • Important vocabulary
    • Common hardware and accessories
    • Operating systems and applications
  • File Management
    • Types of computer drives and pointing actions
    • Basic file management
    • Copy, move, delete, and rename files/folders
    • File explorer and searching
  • Word Processing
    • Create a document
    • Save, retrieve, and print documents
    • Formatting a document (fonts, margins headers, footers, etc.)
  • Email
    • Send, Reply, Forward
    • Attachments
    • Email folders
    • Email etiquette for work and personal use
  • Basic Troubleshooting and Problem-solving


Tuesdays and Thursdays
1:00 - 2:00 pm
September 19 - October 19

Where: The CALP at NorQuest

4907 - 51 Avenue, Whitecourt

Cost: $150.00 for 10 sessions

Need help with the fee or access to technology? We can help!

Call the office at 780-778-3691 to learn more.

Register here:

Tech Talk: Digital Skills for Tablets and Smartphones

Friday Morning Drop-ins Start September 15

Gain confidence, practice using different devices, learn about online safety and security, get to know your settings, and learn more about the apps you use in your daily life.

Bring your own tablet or smartphone - Apple or Android!

Drop in on Friday mornings
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sept 15 - Dec 1

The CALP at NorQuest
4907 - 51 Avenue

Cost: $100.00 for 8 session punch card

Register here:

GED Prep (Fall 2023)

Focus on developing and improving your writing, reading, science, social studies, and math skills. You can also practice various GED assessment tests to help you feel more comfortable in a timed testing environment.
With a mix of online lessons and exercises, support from a NorQuest College instructor AND a tutor here in Whitecourt, this course will give you the flexibility to work at your own pace, and get all the help you need along the way.

Note: The GED exams will be offered in Whitecourt in October 2023 and January 2024.

When: Open start date

This "online anytime" course takes most people 10 - 14 weeks to complete.


In person tutoring at

Whitecourt Community Adult Learning Centre

4907 51 Avenue, Whitecourt

Cost: $302.50 (for Canadian Citizens; International fees may vary)


  • Don't have a computer? Ask about our Chromebook lending program!

To Register:

Call: 780-778-3691
Text: 780 220-6460

One-on-one Tutoring

Adult students (18 years and older) are paired with a trained tutor who can help you improve your reading, writing, math, or help you with basic computer and digital skills. Tutoring for new speakers of English (ESL/ELL) is also available.

Each tutor and student pair will work one-on-one, at their own pace, on your goals in reading, writing, math or English Language Learning.

Gain confidence, develop and strengthen your skills at your own pace, and open doors to new learning, community and employment opportunities.

New participants are always welcome!


To Register:

Call: 780-778-3691
Text: 780 220-6460

*If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please see the "Become a Tutor" page for more information.

Registration Deadline: Ongoing

Hours: 1 - 2 hours a week for at least 6 months

Cost: FREE

To register for a course call or text us at 780.220.6460, email us at or fill out our contact form.

Our Programs:

Adult Literacy (Reading, Writing, Document Use)

Want to improve your reading or writing? Need to feel more confident understanding and filling out forms?

Work one-on-one with a tutor, or join a small informal group to improve your literacy so you feel more confident to:

  • Read and understand important safety information, policies and procedures, fill out forms or take on more responsibility at work
  • Read with your kids, grandkids and other important children in your life
  • Understand and fill out forms for school, doctor’s office, or government services

Math and Numeracy

Whether you want to improve your math skills to help out with homework, manage your family budget, or you need it for work, the CALP at NorQuest can help.

We can offer classes or pair you with a tutor to build your skills and confidence with:

  • Whole numbers, addition, subtraction
  • Multiplication, and division
  • Fractions and decimals
  • And more!

English Language Learning

The Community Adult Learning Program at NorQuest can help you improve your English. Work one-on-one with a tutor, or join a small informal group to:

  • Practice your conversational English
  • Learn English for the workplace
  • Study English to help you connect with your community (school, doctor, government, volunteer opportunities…)

GED and Trades Entrance Readiness

Are you thinking about going back to school? The Community Adult Learning Program at NorQuest can help you set yourself up for success.

  • Work one-on-one with a tutor, or join small informal study groups to practice and improve the skills you need to get ready for a return to formal education
  • Take a blended GED prep, math or Pre-Trades course, with face-to-face personal support at our Whitecourt Learning Centre. Find the right combination of online, independent study, and personal support to prepare you for your next steps
  • Get information about formal education opportunities, how to access them, and get the skills you need to succeed

See yourself here.

Through career-focused education and exceptional student services, we create opportunities for people from all walks of life that will have a lasting impact on Alberta and its people. At NorQuest, we aim higher and go further to ensure your success and that you have the skills to enhance the quality of life for you, your family, and your community.

We welcome you at any stage of learning to find your place here.

We are always looking for people who are interested in helping adult learners