Blackville prepares work force with GED program

About 15 years ago, a literacy program was started in Blackville to help people learn to read and write. Now, in 2007, the program is still going strong. “We started it because of a very high illiteracy rate here,” says John Stewart. “We knew if there was any hope of attracting new business to this… Continue Reading

Grandmother returns to school, applauds GED program

Grandmothers do go to school. Just ask Marian Curtis. “This grandmother did and I now feel more satisfied knowing that I have a better education. I expanded my horizons and, as a result, I am now able to use a computer, go online, use e-mail, do job searches, etcetera. “I have built up my self-esteem… Continue Reading

Bricklayer upgrades through local literacy program

Amedee Goguen knows the value of an education. At 55, the professional bricklayer from Murray Settlement, near Miramichi, returned to the classroom last year in order to refresh his skills, get a GED and follow that with Civil Engineering Technology. To begin the process, he signed up at a Community Academic Learning Program (CALP) in… Continue Reading

Literacy program helps mentally challenged grow

Eleanor Kingston believes everyone deserves the right to an education, everyone including those with challenges. Kingston is a board member of Miramichi Adult Learning Inc. (MALI), the volunteer agency that oversees the Community Adult Learning Programs (CALP) in the area. Among the many community-based courses offered is a class for people with a mental health… Continue Reading

Getting education lifelong dream for mother of three

A 55-year-old Upper Miramichi woman is following her lifelong dream to get an education and to help the elderly. “It is the best decision that I have ever made and I encourage anyone who is thinking about going back to school to not put it off as long as I did,” says Karen Lynds. The… Continue Reading

Literacy leads to greater opportunities, self-esteem

Miramichi resident Rev. Gary Porter knows the importance of literacy, as do Natasha and Crystal McTague. In 1963, Porter wrote his GED, receiving his high school diploma equivalency. He later studied at the post-secondary level at Mount Allison University, the University of Moncton, and Bible colleges in Peterborough, Ontario and Springfield, Missouri. He went on… Continue Reading

Learning programs available in region raise potential for students

Miramichi Adult Learning Inc. is on a mission to improve the literacy levels of adults in Northumberland County. As it forges ahead, one objective is to remove barriers for clients and increase access to programs. “The regional and local program has only one goal – to increase literacy skills,” says volunteer treasurer, Councillor Rene Smith.… Continue Reading

Miramichi takes leadership role in literacy for province

This is the first in a series of 10 articles about literacy programs in the Miramichi Region that will appear in the Leader each week. Literacy volunteers in Miramichi developed a new governance approach for Anglophone community-based literacy programs that has been adopted by all Community College regions in New Brunswick. Miramichi Adult Learning Inc.,… Continue Reading