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.
 

Our Partners

Alberta Education Community Learning Network

Courses:

Return to Learn! GED / Trades Entrance Readiness Program

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:

  •   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
  • Math foundations
    •   Whole numbers
    •   Math facts
    •   Addition and Subtraction
    •   Multiplication and Division
    •   Fractions
    •   Integers
    •   Ratio, Rates and Percentages


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

When: January 19 - March 30
Thursdays from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Where:
The CALP at NorQuest
4907 - 51 Avenue
Whitecourt

Cost: $100.00 for 10 weeks

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/wpf326fER2

NEW - Mayerthorpe Basic Computers Bootcamp (Winter 2023)

Brush up on your computer skills or start building from the beginning
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
    • 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


When: January 17 - February 21
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm every Tuesday

Where: Mayerthorpe Public Library
4601 52 Street, Mayerthorpe, AB

Cost: $60.00 (for 6 weeks)

Space is limited so pre-registration is required!

Register here:
https://forms.office.com/r/cpmX9U78jZ

Basic Computers (Whitecourt Winter 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

When: January 24 - March 28
Tuesdays
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm



Where: The CALP at NorQuest

4907 - 51 Avenue, Whitecourt

Cost: $100.00 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: https://forms.office.com/r/8PHzagHe2d

GED Prep (Winter 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, and an in-person study group, and a NorQuest College instructor, this course will give you the flexibility to work at your own pace, with plenty of support.

Note: The GED exams will be offered in Whitecourt on April 27 and 28, 2023!

When:

January 16 to April 25, 2023

In-person instruction and tutoring:

Tuesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where:

The face-to-face sessions will be held at

Whitecourt Community Adult Learning Centre

4907 51 Avenue, Whitecourt

Cost: $302.50

Supports for learners:

  • Funding support or a bursary may be available to help with the cost.
  • Don't have a computer? Ask about our Chromebook lending program!


To Register:

Email: calp@norquest.ca
Call: 780-778-3691
Text: 780 220-6460

Homework Helpers: Math and LA for Parents and Caregivers

Want to be better equipped to help with your kids’ schoolwork?

This program will help you brush up on the basics, and keep up with the kids in Grades 1 - 8.

We will cover:
 
  • Whole numbers
  • Math facts
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions
  • Integers
  • Ratio, Rates and Percentages


We will also work on reading and writing skills for Language Arts. You will

  •   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


Our instructor will pace the material to meet the group’s needs, to make learning (or re-learning) math a little easier.

When: January 18 - March 22
Wednesdays from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Where:
The CALP at NorQuest
4907 - 51 Avenue
Whitecourt

Cost: $100.00 for 10 weeks

We can help you with the fees. Just give us a call!
Call or text Odette at 780-220-6460 to learn more about how we can help, and the supports that are available to you!


Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/g4fagjF1ny

NEW - Everyday English - Beginner ESL

Everyday English is a Beginner Level EAL (English as an Additional Language) program for adults who want to improve their English for daily life in Alberta.

We will practice reading, writing, speaking and listening. We will learn vocabulary, conversation skills and some grammar.

We will learn English you can use for small talk and socializing, and for important tasks like banking, communicating with schools, accessing healthcare, using community services, and more!

When:

January 17 - April 4
Tuesdays from 10:30 am - 12:00pm

Where:

Whitecourt Community Adult Learning Centre
4907 51 Avenue, Whitecourt

Cost: $125.00 for 12 weeks

*Subsidies may be available to help with the cost of the registration fee.


Registration is required for this program, as space is limited!


Register here: 
https://forms.office.com/r/rrDHLzjYgg

NEW - Intermediate ESL Foundations for Learning

This course will help you to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and improve your online learning skills.

With a mix of online lessons and exercises, and an in-person study group, this course will give you the flexibility to work at your own pace, with plenty of support.

You will get access to an "online anytime" course, with an Instructor from NorQuest College. You will also be part of an in-person group that meets with an experienced English teacher in Whitecourt once a week.

In the course, you will listen to conversations to identify the main idea and specific details.

This course will help you understand and use vocabulary related to various topics. You will learn grammar as you need it.

You will read emails, paragraphs, stories, a novel, and written conversations about topics such as workplace problems and travelling in Alberta.

This course will assist you in creating and replying to emails, notes and other written messages at home or at work.

When you successfully complete this course, you will be able to do the following:
  • Show that you understand personal or public messages related to everyday situations as those listed above.
  • Follow written instructions related to these everyday situations.
  • Correctly answer questions about these texts on familiar topics.
  • Write short, formal or informal messages on these topics.
  • Express clear ideas and information in writing and speaking.


When:

January 18 to April 26, 2023

In-person instruction and tutoring:

Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where:

The face-to-face sessions will be held at

Whitecourt Community Adult Learning Centre

4907 51 Avenue, Whitecourt

Cost: $302.50

Supports for learners:

  • Funding support or a bursary may be available to help with the cost.
  • Don't have a computer? Ask about our Chromebook lending program!

To Register:

Email: calp@norquest.ca
Call: 780-778-3691
Text: 780 220-6460

English Conversation Café (Winter 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.

When: January 9 - April 3, 2023
Mondays from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Whitecourt and District Public Library

5201 49 Street, Whitecourt

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

The cost is $100.00 for 12 sessions.

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

Call or text Odette at 780-220-6460 to learn more about how we can help, and the supports that are available to you!

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


Register here: 
https://forms.office.com/r/cP1vbiSEDn

Tech Talk: Digital Skills Group Tutoring

Join us for drop-in digital skills support.

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!

When:

January 18th - March 22 (10 weeks)
Wednesday mornings
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Where:
The CALP at NorQuest
4907 - 51 Avenue
Whitecourt

Cost: $100.00 for 10 weeks

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/wZDjh224Tm

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:

Email: calp@norquest.ca
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

NEW - Beginners' Book Club (Winter 2023)

If you never thought you could learn to love reading, then this is the Book Club for you!

Improve your reading, writing and thinking skills.

Beginners' Book Club is a casual, relaxed way to build your skills and confidence, and have fun at the same time.


Our tutor will lead the discussions, and will help with tips and tricks for reading and writing strategies. You will learn new ways to improve your reading comprehension and retention.

If you have struggled with reading in the past, or you find it frustrating, we will support you to explore and practice skills that will help make reading easier.

We will meet once a week to read, talk and write about great books, and connect over coffee.

When: January 19 - February 23
Thursdays from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Where:
The CALP at NorQuest
4907 - 51 Avenue
Whitecourt

Cost: $50.00 for 6 weeks
We can help with the registration fee. Call or text 780-220-6460 to learn more.

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/datLQcAbM4
 

To register for a course call or text us at 780.220.6460, email us at calp@norquest.ca 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

GED Prep and Returning to Learning

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 course, with face-to-face personal support at our Whitecourt campus. Find the right combination of online, independent study, and personal support to prepare you for the GED tests
  • Get information about formal education opportunities, how to access them, and get the skills you need to succeed

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…)

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   

Providing learning opportunities for all. We provide access to adult education in Edmonton and the surrounding region

Visit norquest.ca to learn more.


Phone: 780.778.3691 Text: 780.220.6460  Email: calp@norquest.ca

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