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


NEW - Writing Out Loud

pencil.pngJoin us for this small, friendly class where we will build confidence and practice our writing skills.


In this group, everyone is respected and supported.

There are no mistakes!

There are no wrong answers!

We don’t worry about grammar or spelling!

We want writing and learning to be easy and enjoyable.

We will meet once a week to talk, laugh, write and learn together.

We will do easy, fun writing exercises that help us

  • look at our lives and our world from different angles, and gain new perspectives,
  • practice critical thinking by putting our thoughts into written words on paper.

Writing Out Loud helps us build our basic writing and literacy skills. We will learn through writing and sharing what is important to each of us.

When: September 29 - November 3
Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

The CALP at NorQuest
4907 - 51 Avenue

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

Register here:

NEW - Beginners' Book Club

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

If you have struggled with reading in the past, or are new to reading in English, Beginners' Book Club is a great way to improve your reading skills and your confidence. And have fun at the same time.

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

Book club members will choose what they want to read, from our selection of historical fiction, suspense, fantasy, or light-hearted easy reading.

When we get together, we'll talk about the book(s) we're reading together.

A CALP tutor will lead the discussions, and will help with tips, tricks and reading strategies for improved comprehension and retention. And of course, to help make reading easier and FUN!

When: October 10 - November 14
Mondays 5:00 - 6:30 pm

The CALP at NorQuest
4907 - 51 Avenue

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

Register here:

NEW - English for Work

speech-bubbles.pngPractice your speaking, listening, reading and writing in English for the Canadian workplace.

This series of workshops will focus on key areas to improve your communication and confidence in an English-speaking work setting.
  • October 12 – Small Talk for Customer Service (hospitality and retail)
  • October 19 – Safety in the Workplace
  • October 26 – Talk, Text or E-mail: Which one do you choose?
  • November 2 – Communication with supervisors
  • November 9 – Canadian Expressions, Customs and Culture in the Workplace
  • November 16 – Employee Rights and Responsibilities

When: October 12 - November 16
Wednesdays 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Where: The CALP at NorQuest
4907 - 51 Avenue

Cost: $100.00
We can help with the registration fee. Call or text 780-220-6460 to learn more.

Space is limited so pre-registration is required!

Register here:

Drop-in GED Prep Study Group (Fall 2022)

GED-Study-Group-(1).JPGThinking about taking a GED Prep course or writing the GED? Feel like your Math or English is a little rusty?

Join our study group to build confidence and brush up on your English and Math.

We can help with Language Arts:

  •   Improve your reading comprehension
  •   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

Build confidence and improve your math skills:

  •   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: September 21 - December 21
Tuesdays 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesdays 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Choose the dates and times that work best for you!

The CALP at NorQuest
4907 - 51 Avenue

Cost: $100.00 (includes workbooks)

Register here:

Drop-in Basic Computers Bootcamp (Fall 2022)

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Bring your own laptop or use one of ours!

These sessions are designed for computer users who use either Microsoft Office or Google applications.

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: September 27 - December 20
10:00 am - 11:30 am every Tuesday

Where: The CALP at NorQuest
4907 - 51 Avenue

Cost: $100.00 for 3 months

Space is limited so pre-registration is required!

Register here:

Can't make it to the in person Bootcamp? Check out the online Basic Computers course here.

Tech Talk: Digital Skills Group Tutoring

Join us for drop-in digital skills

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!


September 21 - December 21
Wednesday mornings
10:00 am - 11:30 am

The CALP at NorQuest
4907 - 51 Avenue

Cost: $100.00 for 3 months

Register here:

English Conversation Café (Fall 2022)


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: September 12 - December 12
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 3 months.

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:

GED Prep Course: Online Anytime with In-Person Tutoring Support

Start this course anytime, work with the online materials and setup one-on-one help sessions with the NorQuest instructor and/or a local tutor.

Focus on developing and improving your writing, reading, science, social studies, and math skills. You can also practise various GED assessment tests to help you feel more comfortable in a timed testing environment.

Cost: $297.50

*Funding or a bursary may be available to help with the cost.
Local Tutoring and Tech Support Available

We will support you with in-person tutoring, access to a Chromebook if needed, study space and more – all at no extra cost to you!
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: 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

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 to learn more.

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