Mandate of Taber & District Community Adult Learning
Taber & District Community Adult Learning is a community based association that provides access to programs, courses and services related to education, career and employment, business, literacy and English as Second Language.
We believe that:
- Learning is a lifelong pursuit.
- Access to educational opportunities should be equitable in both rural and urban communities.
- We will strive to generally improve the community with our activities.
- Individual growth leads to community growth and development.
Celebrating 40 Years of Adult Learning in our Community 1972 – 2012
The Taber and District Community Adult Learning was first organized in 1972 when the Taber School Division responded to correspondence from Advanced Education.
Jack Herman coordinated the first further education classes. This was a very small part of his job description with the Taber School Division. At this time, there was no involvement from rural representatives or other agencies. Some of the first courses offered were: conversational German and French.
The first council was organized by Jack Herman and Jean Stone in about 1974. Toni Townsend was a rep on council in the Hays area before she was hired as the coordinator in 1976. She was the first coordinator hired by the school board.
She was hired to work part time and operated out of her home. Toni helped to establish the council which included volunteer reps, Alberta Agriculture, Town of Taber Parks and Recreation and the School Board. She planned Taber courses and coordinated council affairs. Popular courses included macramé, quilting and conversational French.
The council held monthly meetings and the office was situated in the Town Administration Office.
Anne Wilson was hired as the second coordinator in 1980. Her hours of work were part time and her office was at the Taber School Division. Meetings were still held monthly and one of the most popular courses was computers. The school division was actively involved in council affairs and promoting parenting courses.
In December of 1984, Marg Wickstrom, then Parks and Recreation Director took over the role of coordinating council affairs. In August of 1985, Jane Brenner was hired as the part time coordinator for the council. This position became full time in 1992
Over the past 40 years, Taber and District Community Adult Learning has provided a variety of services:
- 1987 – Present, Taber and District Volunteer Adult Literacy Program
- 1987 – 2003, Lethbridge Community College Taber Campus
- 1998 – 2003, Industry Canada Community Access Program
- 1996 – Present, Family Literacy Program
- 1997 – 2003, National Volunteer Week
- 1999 – 2011, Career Resource Centre
- 2001 – 2003, Community Kitchen
- 2007 – Present, ESL Drop In Centre
- 2011 – to Present Citizenship Learning
- 1995 – Present, Families Learning Together ESL Program
- 2009 – Present, Work Foundation ESL Program
- Seniors Programming
- Youth Employment Program
- Special Events & Conferences – Women’s Conference, Precision Farming Conference, Palliative Care Conference, Opening the Doors to Employability, Technology Workshops, Rural Resiliency Conference
- Take a Class Catalogue