Christmas Open House – All welcome

Tri-County Literacy Council is pleased to present its Annual Christmas Open House on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. This year’s theme is “Bring a dessert, enjoy a dessert”. All are welcome to come spend time with our learners, volunteers, special guests and community partners. Visit with Mrs. Claus and participate in some fun Christmas activities!

Everything Sweet 2018

FREE Computer Course Starts Soon

Tri-County Literacy Council recently launched two new computer courses available free of charge to adults 19+ years of age. Now is the time to take advantage of valuable free training.

Starting November 19, 2018 one of these two courses will be offered.

Microsoft PowerPoint – learn to create captivating electronic slide show presentations with this easy-to-use computer program to:

  • showcase your talent with a visual portfolio
  • promote your products or services
  • demonstrate your computer skills
  • create school presentations
  • make a family souvenir


Email 101 – whether you’re looking to email your resume to potential employers or connect with family and friends, electronic mail is a very useful and powerful tool. In this training program, you will learn to:

  • format messages and attach files in standard acceptable format
  • create folders and organize your mailbox
  • use the calendar
  • assign tasks
  • create an address book
  • follow proper etiquette
  • practice safe email habits

These are certificate programs which allow you to add to your employment portfolio.

Class runs Monday to Thursday, 1 to 4pm for 5 weeks. For more information or to register, call Tri-County Literacy Council at 613-932-7161.

FREE Health Care Support Worker Program

Do you like to care for others? Do you have an interest in working in the health care field? Tri-County Literacy Council is offering a 5-week course called Health Care Support Worker. Learn about the duties of a Health Care Support Worker, meet people working in the industry and participate in a site visit to a health care facility. Whether you’re considering further education in this field or wish to be self-employed, take advantage of a valuable program for an in-demand position!

Class runs Monday to Thursday 9am to 12 pm for 5 weeks, starting October 15, 2018.

Call Tri-County Literacy Council at 613-932-7161, for more information or to register.

NEW PROGRAM: Communication Counts

Tri-County Literacy Council is pleased to offer a new FREE 4-Week training titled “Communication Counts”. Within this training individuals will examine topics such:

  • assertiveness
  • anger
  • dealing with conflict
  • rights in the workplace

Participants will also benefit from hearing numerous guest speakers. Class runs Monday to Thursday from 9am-12pm starting Monday, September 17, 2018. To register phone 613-932-7161.

International Literacy Day 2018

International Literacy Day: Monday, September 10, 2018 – 1:30 to 3:30 pm
(Rain date: Monday, September 17, 2018)

September 8 was declared International Literacy Day by UNESCO on October 26, 1966. It was celebrated for the first time in 1967. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Celebrations take place in several countries all over the world.

Join us to learn about the 9 Essential Skills, identified by the Government of Canada as necessary for success at work and everyday life. Also take a mini tour of our agency (located in the historic rectory /manse of Trinity Anglican Church – 101 Second Street West, Cornwall, ON) and learn about its history. Then take a short fun quiz and enter to win a gift from some of our generous donors.

Cake and refreshments will be served.

Tri-County Literacy Council is a community-based, non-profit, charitable organization. Our mandate is to enrich both our community and individuals by addressing literacy needs. To do this, we assess adult learners, help them set goals and provide necessary Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) upgrading; General Educational Development (GED) preparation; apprenticeship preparation; basic computer courses; and occupational training for entry-level positions. We recruit volunteers to assist learners in meeting their employment, personal, and social goals. This method of private instruction can be one-on-one with a tutor or in a small group classroom.

Free Retail Associate training – just in time for the hiring season

Tri-County Literacy Council, 101 2nd Street West, is pleased to offer a free 5-week course: Retail Associate. Participants practice Essential Skills while learning about the world of retail, what employers look for, customer service, store procedures, sales techniques, and more. Learners also benefit from meeting industry guest speakers and enjoy a site visit to a local retail business.

This program is ideal for anyone planning to work at a retail business such as a clothing or grocery store and is suitable for a variety of learners including those planning to enter the workforce for the first time, people changing careers, and individuals wishing to strengthen Essential Skills. There are nine Essential Skills at differing levels identified by the Government of Canada as necessary for success at work and in everyday life. The skills are reading, writing, numeracy, document use, thinking, oral communication, working with others, digital technology, and continuous learning.

Take advantage of valuable free training and graduate in time for the Christmas hiring season.

This course starts Tuesday, September 4th, 2018. From then on, class runs Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information or to register, please call Tri-County Literacy Council at 613-932-7161.

FREE Microsoft Word 2016 Course

Tri-County Literacy Council is offering free Microsoft Word 2016 training. Learn program basics to create professional-looking documents. Whether you’re wishing to develop your resume, work in an office, or create advertising materials for your business, learning to use Microsoft Word is important. This is a popular, powerful word processing / desktop publishing program. Course topics include:

-Basic Computer Review
-Document Formatting
-Saving Files
-Links to other free community resources

Participants also have the opportunity of earning a typing certificate to add to their employment portfolio.

Take advantage of free, quality instruction that is guided and supported by a knowledgeable instructor and experienced classroom volunteers.

This training starts Monday, July 9, 2018. Class runs Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for 5 weeks. For more information or to register, call Tri-County Literacy Council at 613-932-7161.

Upcoming Occupational Training

On June 11, 2018, Tri-County Literacy Council will be offering one of the following two courses, based on learner needs:


These are certificate programs with great employment potential. Class runs Monday to Thursday, 1 pm to 4 pm for four weeks. For more information or to reserve your seat, call 613-932-7161.