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Essential Skills Upgrading Program

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The Essential Skills Upgrading Program is a skills development program in communication (reading, writing and speaking) and numeracy at a pre-high school level. Its purpose is to help adults with developmental disabilities attain their goals related to further training, employment or independence.

Please contact us at 905-561-2190 ext. 4757 or aparkin@hwdsb.on.ca for details.

  • Classes are free of charge, individualized, self-paced and delivered in a small class format to meet the specific needs of each student.
  • Adults with developmental disabilities 19 years+ can participate (though 21yrs+ is highly recommended).
  • The adult must be physically autonomous and possess the capacity for independent action and self-management within the classroom.
  • The adult should be able to profit from instruction in basic numeracy and literacy (this is assessed by the teacher) and participate fully in their individualized program.
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Supports Offered

Students participate in individually designed learning experiences focusing on:
    • Upgrading of basic literacy and numeracy skills
    • Practical context in which these skills will be employed
    • Expressed needs and interests of the adults themselves

Course Delivery Format

  • Enrolment in the Essential Skills classes are continuous throughout the school year (September to June) and hours and days are flexible.
  • Part-time classes are available Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Currently programs are available in both in-person and fully on-line formats due to COVID19.  

Locations

Continuing Education Hill Park Learning Centre
465 East 16th Street, Hamilton ON – 905-561-2190

To Register

To make an appointment for and intake/assessment meeting, please click the button below:

Schedule Appointment – Literacy & Basic Skills (NON-CREDIT) Intake/Assessment

Funding

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.

 

Updated on Monday, November 29, 2021.
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