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Be a Learner

Call us, email us or visit one of VCLA’s sites to become a VCLA learner. (vcla.learning@gmail.com / 902-679-5252)

We will make an appointment with you to start the intake process.

Who can be a VCLA learner?

At VCLA, we try to help any adult who asks us – but some of our programs have specific eligibility requirements which have been set by the funders. For example, our language programs require that learners have at least applied to be a permanent resident, our Youth Employment (YESS) program requires that you are between the ages of 15 to 30, and our seniors literacy program serves, well, seniors! Adults from all over the world learn English language skills through speaking, listening, reading, and writing in our English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes.

Assessment

When you come to VCLA, you will tell us about yourself and your learning goals. We will do an assessment with you, to help us understand what you have learned and what you need to learn next. We can help you to find the best learning pathway to reach your goal.

Waiting List

VCLA keeps an Awaiting Training list. When an adult wants to enroll in classes, some basic contact information is requested. It is important that adults on the Request for Services list keep their contact information up-to-date and watch for a message from VCLA.

Daytime GED classes run September through June each year, and have continuous intake. Evening GED classes are offered as needed. The wait-time for English classes is usually six weeks or less. Tutoring matches are often made within two months of the request being approved. Wait time for placement in career- and employment-focused programs can be longer, from six months to a year or more, depending on the need in the community.

While most of our core programs have regular intakes, some of our programs depend upon funding agreements with government which can be unpredictable. In these cases, we try to keep learners up to date on when programs might begin, but it is always fine to call the office for an update.

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