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Adult Education

Adult education refers to programs and courses for adult students. Adults may want to upgrade their skills, complete their high school diploma (Ontario Secondary School Diploma), improve their literacy or prepare to enrol in a post-secondary institution. Some adults may want to become proficient in one or both of Canada's two official languages, English and French.

Kingston has adult education centres that offer programs to help adults earn a high school diploma, improve their literacy skills and prepare for the workforce.

More information on this topic is available in the continuing and distance education section.

For More Information

Independent Learning Centre
The centre provides education and testing services to adults who want to earn a high school diploma, upgrade their skills and pursue a career or post-secondary education. The centre can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Learn English or French
Information on improving language skills before and after you arrive in Canada, where to study, and language training for school and work. A downloadable guide is available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Filipino (Tagalog), Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu. There is also a “Find a Language Class” online search tool.

Adult Learning
General information for adults who need help with reading, writing, math or want to upgrade their skills, learn English or French, and prepare for the workplace.

Skill Training, Professional Development & Lifelong Learning
A listing of institutions and colleges in Kingston that provide courses for adults who want to upgrade their qualifications, take language courses or learn new skills.

Queen’s Community Music
An organization housed at the Queen’s University School of Music that provides courses, ensembles, workshops and performance opportunities to university students and people from the Kingston community.

Limestone Community Education
A department of the public school board, Limestone Community Education offers ESL programs, international language instruction, workforce training, academic upgrading and programs to help immigrants find work in the health-care field. Videos of services are available.

Planning to work in Canada? An essential workbook for newcomers
Foreign Credentials Referral Office workbook/guide with information about living and working in Canada (listed under the “Credential recognition” subcategory). It includes information on languages, finding a job, work-related documents and education/academic credentials.

Community Computer Resources
City of Kingston website listing of organizations and locations that offer free computer usage to members of the community.

French Adult Education Centre
La Route du Savoir offers a variety of programs and courses in French literacy and basic education (arts, math and physical and social sciences) for francophone adults. Students can choose to complete their Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED), take online or distance courses, learn another language, or upgrade their computer skills. Most information on this site is in French only, but some is available in English. The organization also has a Facebook page and can be followed on Twitter (both in French only).

Later Life Learning
This local organization provides ongoing learning opportunities in a public forum for retirees and mature students. They offer workshops and host University-level one-hour weekly lecture series based on a common theme for each series but covering a variety of topics. Hearing assist devices are available for use during lectures. Fees are charged to attend.

Loyola School of Adult Learning
Loyola School of Adult Learning – offers a wide range of programs for the adult learner returning to school. At Loyola, you can earn your Ontario School Diploma, become a Personal Support Worker, upgrade for a college program, improve your English, update your computer skills, develop your literacy and numeracy skills and more.

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