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Language Training for AdultsLanguage Training for AdultsThere are opportunities in Simcoe County to help adults learn or advance their English and French language skills. Different programs offer different types of instruction and are designed for individuals with different English or French language abilities.<h2>English Programs for Adults</h2><p>There are programs in Simcoe County to help you learn or practice your English.  These programs are designed to help you improve your English language skills.  It is important to learn what the different programs can provide to you and how they will help you achieve your goals.  For example, some programs are designed to help newcomers learn basic conversational English, while other programs are designed to help more advanced English speakers who are looking for a job in a specific occupation.  </p><p>The programs listed below may have different eligibility requirements and registration processes. They are available at no cost to eligible newcomers.  In addition, some programs may offer free child care while you attend classes.  To learn more about a particular program, contact the organizations listed below.</p><p><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>English as a Second Language</strong></span>: Lessons are provided by trained professionals in a classroom setting.  Students will improve speaking and listening, reading and writing skills, as well as learn about Canadian culture. The programs are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks.</p><p><em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;">The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.</span></em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;"></span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" colspan="2" style="width:50%;"><p style="text-align:center;">​ <strong>English as a Second Language​</strong></p></th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>The Learning Centre​</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Address</strong>:<br>Bayfield Mall, 320 Bayfield St.<br>Unit 68, Barrie, Ontario<br>L4M 3C1</p><p><strong>Phone</strong>: 705-725-8360<br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.thelearningcentres.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.thelearningcentres.com</font></a>​</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Conversation Circles</strong></span>: Conversation Circles focus on learning "conversational English".  They provide an opportunity to meet other newcomers in your area and practice English in an informal, comfortable setting.  They are guided by a trained professional.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6 " cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" colspan="2" style="width:50%;"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Conversation Circle</strong><strong>​</strong></p></th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Welcome Centre Immigrant Services, Mobile Unit</strong></p><p>Locations in: Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Stayner, Orillia and, Alliston</p><p>*Individuals and organizations can contact the Mobile Unit to request services at alternate locations</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Address</strong>:<br>16655 Yonge Street, Unit 26<br>Newmarket, ON, L3X 1V6</p><p><strong>Phone</strong>: 1-877-761-1155<br><strong>Email</strong>: <a href="mailto:info@welcomecentre.ca" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">info@welcomecentre.ca</font></a><br><strong>Website</strong>:<a href="http://www.welcomecentre.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.welcomecentre.ca</font></a> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong></strong></span> </p><p><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>English Language Training</strong></span>: The program teaches English language skills in a classroom setting by trained professionals.  There are also opportunities to take these courses online, from your home.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6 " cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6" style="text-align:center;"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" colspan="2" style="width:50%;"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>English Language Training</strong></p></th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;text-align:left;"><p><strong>YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, Newcomer Services, Newcomer Settlement Program</strong></p><p>*Phone to arrange appointments in Innisfil, Midland and Bradford</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Address</strong>:<br>Bayfield Mall <br>320 Bayfield St, Unit 63A<br>Barrie, ON L4M 3C1</p><p><strong>Phone</strong>:  <span lang="EN-US">705-797-2020<br></span><strong>Website</strong>:<a href="http://www.ymcaofsimcoemuskoka.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.ymcaofsimcoemuskoka.ca</font></a>  </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;height:36px;text-align:left;"><p><strong>Bradford Immigrant & Community Services (BICS)</strong>​</p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;height:36px;"><p><strong>Address</strong>: <br>11 Holland St E.<br>Bradford, Ontario, Canada<br>L3Z 2B8</p><p><strong>Phone</strong>: 905-775-3343<br><strong>Email</strong>: <span lang="EN-US"><a href="mailto:inquiries@bradfordimmigrant.com" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">inquiries@bradfordimmigrant.com</font></a></span><strong><br></strong><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.bradfordimmigrant.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.bradfordimmigrant.com</font></a> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> <span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT)</strong></span>: This program provides job-specific English language training and is designed for internationally-trained professionals.</p><div style="text-align:center;"> </div><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" colspan="2" style="width:50%;"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Occupation-specific Language Training</strong></p></th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Georgian College</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Address</strong>:<br>1 Georgian Dr<br>Barrie, ON L4M 3X9</p><p><strong>Phone</strong>: 705-728-1968 ext. 5329<br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.georgiancollege.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.georgiancollege.ca</font></a> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Local community organizations and colleges also offer programs for adults to improve their English language skills.  Students may be required to pay a fee for these programs.</p><p><span lang="EN-US">To learn more about local programs and services in Simcoe County, contact 211 Community Connection by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting <a href="http://centraleastontario.cioc.ca/?UseCICVw=72" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">infosimcoecounty.ca</font></a>.  211 Community Connection provides free, confidential information about human services, and is available in over 150 languages and TTY</span>.</p><h2>French Programs for Adults</h2><p>Beginning in September 2013, eligible newcomer adults can attend French as a Second Language (FSL) classes offered by the Simcoe County District School Board's Learning Centres.  This program is available at no cost.  To learn more about this program contact, </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" colspan="2" style="width:50%;"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>French programs for adults​</strong></p></th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>The Learning Centre, Barrie Campus​</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Address</strong>:<br>Bayfield Mall, 320 Bayfield St.<br>Unit 68, Barrie, Ontario<br>L4M 3C1</p><p><strong>Phone</strong>: 705-725-8360<br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.thelearningcentres.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.thelearningcentres.com</font></a></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>College Boreal and Georgian College also offer French language classes for adults who are interested in learning or improving their French.  Students are required to pay a fee for these programs.  To learn more, contact:  </p><p><em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;">The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.</span></em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;"></span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" colspan="2" style="width:50%;text-align:center;"><strong>French programs for adults​</strong>​ ​</th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><strong>Collège Boréal of Applied Arts and Technology, French community college</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><strong>Address: </strong><br>320 Bayfield St, Suite 56a <br>Barrie, ON L4M 3C1</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><p><strong>Phone:</strong> 705-737-9088<br><strong>Toll Free:</strong> 1-800-361-6673<br><strong>Email:</strong> <a href="mailto:InfoBarrie@collegeboreal.ca" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">InfoBarrie@collegeboreal.ca</font></a><br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.collegeboreal.ca/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.collegeboreal.ca</font></span></a> </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Georgian College </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><strong>Address: </strong><br>1 Georgian Dr <br>Barrie, ON L4M 3X9</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><p><strong>Phone</strong>: 705-728-1968<br><strong>Email</strong>: <a href="mailto:inquire@georgianc.on.ca" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">inquire@georgianc.on.ca</font></a><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Website</strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">: </span><a href="http://www.georgiancollege.ca/" target="_blank" style="text-decoration:underline;"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /><span><font color="#0066cc">www.georgiancollege.ca</font></span></a><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span lang="EN-US"></span> <span lang="EN-US">To learn more about local programs and services in Simcoe County, contact 211 Community Connection by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting <a href="http://centraleastontario.cioc.ca/?UseCICVw=72" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">infosimcoecounty.ca</font></a>.  211 Community Connection provides free, confidential information about human services, and is available in over 150 languages and TTY</span>.</p><p>Your <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=484b7e38-2aa2-460a-a430-172adb04c57e&TermSetId=9072d593-bdd3-4146-9084-121d630c8dbd&TermId=a3786a3c-0ef1-422a-be98-3300ae6385a9" target="_blank">local libraries </a>can also help you to find information about French language program opportunities in your community.</p><p>​</p>
Earn a High School Diploma or GED for AdultsEarn a High School Diploma or GED for Adults<h2>Earn a High School Diploma or General Education Diploma for Adults</h2><p>There are resources in Simcoe County that can support adults to earn an Ontario secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or a General Education Diploma (GED).</p><p>The Learning Centres can help adults earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).  To learn more, contact your local Learning Centre and speak with a counsellor who will assess your academic skills and explain the process and requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.</p><p> <em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;">The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.</span></em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;"></span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" colspan="2" style="width:50%;text-align:center;"><strong>Earn High School Diploma</strong> ​</th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><strong>Adult Learning Centre, Alliston Campus</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Address:<br></strong>46 Wellington St W, Unit 3 <br>Alliston, ON L9R 2B8</p><p><strong>Phone: </strong>705-435-7778<br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.thelearningcentres.com/" target="_blank" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.thelearningcentres.com</font></a></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><strong>Adult Learning Centre, Collingwood Campus</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Address:<br></strong>180 Ontario St<br>Collingwood, ON L9Y 1M6</p><p><strong>Phone: </strong>705-445-9019<br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.thelearningcentres.com/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.thelearningcentres.com</font></span></a> </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><strong>Adult Learning Centre, Barrie Campus</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Address:<br></strong>Bayfield Mall<br>320 Bayfield St, Unit 68<br>Barrie, ON L4M 3C1</p><p><strong>Phone: </strong>705-725-8360<br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.thelearningcentres.com/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.thelearningcentres.com</font></span></a> </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><strong>Adult Learning Centre, Bradford Campus</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Address:<br></strong>Simcoe Square Plaza<br>157 Holland St E, Suite 200 <br>Bradford, ON</p><p><strong>Phone: </strong>905-775-4432<br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.thelearningcentres.com/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.thelearningcentres.com</font></span></a> </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><strong>Adult Learning Centre, Orillia Campus</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Address:<br></strong>575 West St S, Unit 15 <br>Orillia, ON L3V 7N6</p><p><strong>Phone: </strong>705-325-9279<br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.thelearningcentres.com/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.thelearningcentres.com</font></span></a> </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><strong>Adult Learning Centre, Midland Campus</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Address:<br></strong>815 King St, Lower Entrance<br>Midland, ON L4R 0B7</p><p><strong>Phone: </strong>705-526-8936<br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.thelearningcentres.com/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.thelearningcentres.com</font></span></a> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>GED stands for General Education Diploma.  Passing the GED test means you have knowledge that is equivalent to a high school graduate. Individuals who pass the GED test will receive an Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate. To learn more about earning a GED programs that can help you prepare for the tests, contact the Simcoe Muskoka Literacy Network.</p><p><span lang="EN-US">To learn more about local programs and services in Simcoe County, contact 211 Community Connection by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting <a href="http://centraleastontario.cioc.ca/?UseCICVw=72" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">infosimcoecounty.ca</font></a>.  211 Community Connection provides free, confidential information about human services, and is available in over 150 languages and TTY.</span> </p><p>To learn more about the GED, contact the <a href="http://www.ilc.org/ged/index.php" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Independent Learning Centre website</font></a>.</p><p>​</p>
Academic Upgrading-Simcoe Muskoka LiteracyAcademic Upgrading-Simcoe Muskoka Literacy<h2>Simcoe Muskoka Literacy Network </h2><p>The Simcoe/Muskoka Literacy Network (SMLN) is one of 16 regional literacy networks established throughout Ontario and funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). SMLN serves Simcoe County, except for the areas of the Georgian Triangle and Bradford, and all of Muskoka.</p><p>SMLN supports the staff, volunteers, and, indirectly, learners at 20 different Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) programs in our geographical region. The programs offer skills upgrading in reading, writing, numeracy, computer literacy, critical thinking, problem-solving and other essential every-day and employability skills.</p><p>The agencies work together to provide a full range of services, from basic skills review to college and apprenticeship preparatory courses. Programming also includes a strong component of essential skills training for the workforce, apprenticeship and employment preparation, as well as greater personal independence.</p><p>To learn more about the Simcoe Muskoka Literacy Network and to locate programs near you, contact: </p><p><em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;">The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.</span></em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;"></span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6" style="text-align:center;"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" colspan="2" style="width:50%;text-align:center;"><strong>Simcoe Muskoka Literacy Network</strong> ​</th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Simcoe Muskoka Literacy Network</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><p><strong>Address:<br></strong>575 West St S, Unit 15<br>Orillia, ON L3V 7N6</p><p><strong>Phone: </strong>705-326-7227<br><strong>Toll Free</strong>: 1-888-518-4788<br><strong>Email: </strong><a href="mailto:simcoe.muskoka@literacynetwork.ca"><font color="#0066cc">simcoe.muskoka@literacynetwork.ca</font></a></p><p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.literacynetwork.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.literacynetwork.ca</font></a> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>  </p><p>​</p>
Academic and Career Advice (ACE)Academic and Career Advice (ACE)<p>Academic and Career Entrance (commonly referred to as "ACE") is designed to assist mature students who have not completed their Grade 12 education but are interested in attending a college-level program. ACE is an academic upgrading program that prepares individuals for success in writing their college entrance test. Upon competition of the ACE program, students receive a certificate. There are no fees required to enroll in this program.</p><p> <em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;">The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.</span></em><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;"></span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" colspan="2" style="width:50%;text-align:center;"><strong>Academic and Career Entrance (ACE)</strong></th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><strong>Georgian College, Barrie Campus, College and Career Preparation, Literacy and Basic Skills Program</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><strong>Address:<br></strong>1 Georgian Dr, F Building, Rm F110<br>Barrie, ON L4M 3X9</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Phone</strong>: 705-728-1968<br><strong>Email: </strong><a href="mailto:inquire@georgianc.on.ca"><font color="#0066cc">inquire@georgianc.on.ca</font></a></p><p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.georgiancollege.ca/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.georgiancollege.ca</font></span></a></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><strong>Collège Boréal, Barrie Adult Education Centre</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><strong>Address:<br></strong>Bayfield Mall <br>320 Bayfield St, Suite 56A <br>Barrie, ON L4M 3C1</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Phone:</strong> 705-737-9088<br><strong>Toll Free</strong>: 1-800-361-6673<br><strong>Email</strong>: <a href="mailto:infobarrie@collegeboreal.ca"><font color="#0066cc">infobarrie@collegeboreal.ca</font></a><br><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.collegeboreal.ca/" target="_blank" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span><font color="#0066cc">www.collegeboreal.ca</font></span></a><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span> </p></td></tr></tbody></table>
Continuing Education for AdultsContinuing Education for Adults<h2>Continuing Education for Adults</h2><p>Continuing education provides opportunities for adults to continue learning. Continuing education programs and courses are an opportunity for adults to develop knowledge in a specific area. To learn more about this type of education, see <span lang="EN-CA"></span><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=484b7e38-2aa2-460a-a430-172adb04c57e&TermSetId=9072d593-bdd3-4146-9084-121d630c8dbd&TermId=f26d7437-056a-4e50-b076-987074d5eed8" target="_blank">Continuing Education.​</a></p>