Adult Learning Centre

Tri-County (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry counties of Ontario) Literacy Council (TCLC) specializes in literacy instruction, based on Essential Skills training. This free training includes:

  • Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) upgrading;
  • General Educational Development (G.E.D.) Preparation;
  • Apprenticeship Preparation;
  • Basic Computer training; and
  • Occupational training for entry-level positions.

Training is based on the nine Essential Skills identified by the Government of Canada as necessary for success at work and in daily life. We offer a small group classroom, one-on-one tutoring with volunteer tutors and occasional online training programs via Zoom. All of our programs and services are free of charge. We also offer free educational assessments and develop training plans based on an individual’s goals. Training supports may be available.

Learners improve Essential Skills for:

  • employment
  • apprenticeship
  • secondary school credit
  • post-secondary education
  • independence

The TCLC Difference

TCLC offers a different learning environment and teaching styles. This is not traditional classroom learning or independent study. Choosing to upgrade or train with TCLC means learning in a supported and interactive way. Your course of study may include:

  • group activities
  • role-playing
  • games
  • guest speakers
  • site visits
  • job shadowing
  • and more

If you are interested in the free training Tri-County Literacy Council has to offer, call 613-932-7161 for more information on how you can get started. You may sign up yourself or through your counsellor or employer. Please note that you must be:

  • at least 19 years of age
  • out of school
  • able to set goals and demonstrate progress
  • without necessary literacy skills
  • at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 6
  • an Ontario resident

Learning at Tri-County Literacy Council means having a friendly and knowledgeable instructor to answer any questions you might have, show other examples, make learning easier, ensure you clearly understand how to do things and award you a program certificate for your employment portfolio.

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Literacy Success Stories

Literacy Success Stories (Source: Laubach Literacy Ontario) – Read stories

“These success stories are about Canadians who have changed their own lives, or those of others, through the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills.” (Source: Employment and Social Development Canada) – Read stories

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”
-George Washington Carver

”The distance between dreams and reality is called action.”

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
-John Dewey

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
-Nelson Mandela

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
-Robert Frost

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
-Benjamin Franklin

“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.”
-Rabindranath Tagore

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”
-Anthony J. D’Angelo

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”
-Carl Rogers

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”
-Victor Hugo

“Success is sweetest to one who has known failure.”
-B.C. Forbes

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”
-David Brinkley

“I used to want the words ‘She tried’ on my tombstone. Now I want ‘She did it.’”
-Katherine Dunham

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
-J. K. Rowling

“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.”
-Desmond Tutu

“The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least.”
-Unknown Author

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”
-Wayne Gretzky

“A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”
-Baltasar Gracian

“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.”
-John Ruskin

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
-Will Rogers

“[Learning] is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust… never fear… and never dream of regretting.”
-T. H. White

“Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”