McGuinty Government Helping More Adults Receive A Top Quality Education

    Workers and Newcomers Will Benefit From $18 Million In New Investments

    TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing almost
$18 million more to ensure adult learners receive a top quality education that
helps them prepare for job training and employment, announced Education
Minister Kathleen Wynne today.
    "We are committed to helping adults who have taken positive and proactive
steps to return to school so they can have a brighter future for themselves
and their families," said Wynne. "That's why we have made a significant
investment to improve the adult education system in Ontario."

    The government's new investments include:
    -   A $7-million increase from the Ministry of Education to school boards
        in the 2008-09 school year for teaching adults who are enrolled in
        continuing education programs
    -   A $4.2-million increase from the Ministry of Citizenship and
        Immigration to school boards in the 2008-09 school year for teaching
        adults who are taking non-credit English as a second language and
        French as a second language programs
    -   A $1.7-million investment from the Ministry of Education for pilot
        projects that will grant high school credits to some newcomers' first
        languages, improve identification of skills and knowledge, and build
        effective community partnerships
    -   A $5-million increase from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and
        Universities for academic upgrading programs that help adults who
        left high school prior to graduation.

    "Our government recognizes that acquiring language skills is the
foundation of success for newcomers," said Minister of Citizenship and
Immigration Gerry Phillips. "Our ministry's investment will help ensure that
funding better matches actual costs in providing this important language
training for newcomers."
    "We're keeping Ontario moving forward by helping everyone reach their
potential," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Chris
Bentley. "By providing adults with alternate routes to postsecondary education
or training, we are making it quicker and easier to get the workplace skills
needed for better jobs and greater prosperity."
    The new academic upgrading programs will use a delivery method designed
following the recommendations in Minister Wynne's Ontario Learns report. It
will also increase funding to organizations and colleges already providing the
service. As a result, academic upgrading is expected to reach 7,200 people
this year, around 2,200 more than the 2006-07 target.

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For further information:

For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public
Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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