Atikokan Literacy Incorporated’s Adult Learning Centre is more than just a literacy program: it’s a community of people who come together to learn, talk and support each other through life’s ups and downs. That’s what OLC learned after spending the day there last Thursday – the first stop on our road trip through Ontario.
Atikokan is a small (just over 3000 people), rural community about two and a half hours northeast of Thunder Bay. Its literacy program is the only one of its kind in the area – meaning its six full-time staff members are a busy group.
Atikokan’s Learning Centre offers a variety of programs, including General Education Development (G.E.D.), Academic Career Entrance (A.C.E.), intro to computers, reading, writing, math and many more areas, including specific grant programs.
Since mining is also a growing industry in the area – mining companies are currently prospecting land around Atikokan in hopes that mining sites will soon be built, creating hundreds of jobs in the area – Atikokan’s Learning Centre has now completed two mining training courses. These courses take students into the wilderness, teaching them basics such as safety training, reading a compass, line tracing and many other skills that will give them the training needed to gain employment when these mines eventually open.
It’s a small program doing important work. More information about Atikokan Literacy Inc. and its staff that participated in OLC’s Spotlight on Learning: Becoming Agents of Change conference will be made available on OLC’s upcoming Spotlight on Learning website, coming end-of-January 2011. And stay tuned over the coming weeks as OLC continues to highlight Agents of Change in the literacy field!