Funding a page-turner

Adults learning to read are getting some help from the provincial government.

Okanagan College is is receiving a one-time funding boost of $80,500 to support adult-literacy programs.

"Supporting literacy and adult education can lead to better opportunities down the road," said Steve Thomson, Kelowna-Mission MLA. "By providing British Columbians with better literacy skills, we are giving them the means to follow their own chosen path to success."

One-on-one tutoring and small group adult-literacy programs are provided by trained volunteers and are designed for adults with low reading, writing and/or math skills.

Meanwhile, Thompson Rivers University has received $256,732 to support adult-literacy programs and Merritt and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology received $24,000.

"In order to enter job training programs, older individuals must attain basic literacy skills that are necessary to take the first step," said Penticton MLA Dan Ashton.

The province said in 2016-17, 91 grants will be funded, supporting 9,000 adult learners in B.C.

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