The Independent Learning Centre Celebrates Adult Learners

TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - International Adult Learners' Week (IALW) April 2nd - 9th celebrates the achievement of adult learners and the joy of learning throughout life.   As Ontario's designated provider of distance education, the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) is proud to be a supporter and education partner in this year's celebration.

"Adult learners are part of an enormous community because learning can and often must happen at any age.  The ILC is proud to be involved in the Canadian Commission for UNESCO's International Adult Learners' Week and we salute all adult learners who are working towards their educational goals - their determination and commitment is inspiring," says Sarah Irwin, Managing Director of the ILC.

At the age of 15 Kristin Maillard had to make a difficult decision to leave high school prematurely.  For a few years Kristin would try to return to her studies but was never able complete her diploma.

After working for 11 years, Kristin became unemployed.  Inspired by the words of her grandfather, Kristin gained the motivation to start studying again and she enrolled in a distance education course with the ILC.  "I scheduled time to study whether I wanted to or not, I knew that I had to sit-down for two hours and work. But studying independently meant I could determine when and where those two hours happened."  The positive feedback she received from her teachers, friends, and family kept her going, and at the age of 39, she completed her high school education.

This past fall, the ILC hosted its annual graduation ceremony and celebrated the achievements of adult learners from across the province.  As the Student Speaker, Kristin was asked to share her story. "When you are feeling that opportunities have passed you by and that it is too late, never forget what you have accomplished today.  Like my grandfather used to say although, the best time to plant a tree may have been thirty years ago, the second best time is today."

About the Independent Learning Centre
The Independent Learning Centre (ILC) is the province's designated provider of accredited distance education and the exclusive provider of General Educational Development (GED) testing in Ontario. Funded by the Ministry of Education, the ILC offers self-paced distance education high school credit courses designed for independent study, and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). ILC is administered by TVO. For more information, visit www.ILC.org.

About the International Adult Learner's Week
UNESCO officially launched International Adult Learners' Week (IALW) on September 8, 2000 with a focus on lifelong learning.  Since 2002, IALW has been celebrated in Canada and has raised the profile of adult learning throughout the country.  The Independent Learning Centre has spearheaded the Ontario chapter of the IAWL since 2009.  Through the IALW initiative, ILC works with a group of educational partners to celebrate the successes of adult learners and raise the profile of adult learning opportunities in Ontario.

SOURCE Independent Learning Centre

For further information:

Lise Leclair, Senior Communications and Marketing Officer, (416) 484-2600 x2306, (416) 433-8004 (cell), lleclair@tvo.org; Carolyn Weckesser, Marketing Manager, (416) 484-2600 x 2018, (416) 529-4630 (cell), cweckesser@tvo.org

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